Appeals Court to Decide Whether $35m Tupelo Lawsuit Can Proceed

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TUPELO, MS (Ben Caxton) — An appeals court will hear arguments in September as a Mississippi family tries to revive a $35 million wrongful death lawsuit over a police shooting. Antwun “Ronnie” Shumpert, who was black, was shot to death by a Tyler Cook, a white Tupelo officer, two years ago. Last November a federal judge dismissed the family’s lawsuit without a trial, ruling that the officer and city could not be found liable for damages in Shumpert’s death. Shumpert’s relatives say the shooting was unjustified. Cook says he shot as Shumpert punched him. The 5th U.S. Court of Appeals will decide whether the judge ruled correctly.

 


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