Family announces civil rights lawsuit against police after Memphis woman allegedly killed by ex-boyfriend

Family files civil rights lawsuit after Memphis woman allegedly killed by ex-boyfriend

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A Memphis family plans to file a civil rights lawsuit after an 18-year-old woman was allegedly killed by her ex-boyfriend.

The federal civil rights lawsuit is against the Memphis Police Department, Shelby County and others, alleging multiple violations of 18-year-old Sabrine Nguyen’s constitutional rights, according to the news release.

Lawyers said Nguyen was killed by her ex-boyfriend Keedrin Coppage Jan. 2, 2020 after months of physical and mental violence, kidnapping, stalking and terroristic threats by him, which were known by MPD and SCSO, according to lawyers.

The law firm added, “the family’s complaint will allege that MPD and SCSO violated Ms. Nguyen’s 14th Amendment due process rights and failed to provide her with equal protection, also in violation of the 14th Amendment. The complaint will allege that Ms. Nguyen, a Hyde Park resident, was treated differently because of her race, gender, and socio-economic background.”

Man charged with ex-girlfriend's murder

The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office said at the time of his arrest, Coppage had several warrants including aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated stalking. Nguyen was the victim in each case.

According to the DA’s office, Coppage told investigators he put the 18-year-old’s body in the trunk of his vehicle, drove to Jackson Avenue at Maple Avenue where he left her on the sidewalk.

The DA’s office said Coppage also admitted to trying to clean the blood out of his vehicle and changing the clothes he wore during the stabbing.

A Shelby County grand jury indicted Coppage for Nguyen’s murder. He has yet to go to trial.

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