KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The mother of a 24-year-old man fatally shot by Kansas City police in 2013 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners and the officer who shot her son.
The Kansas City Star reports that Narene Stokes-James filed the lawsuit on Thursday. Her son, Ryan Stokes, was shot and killed by a police officer at the end of a foot chase in downtown Kansas City.
Police say Stokes, a black man, had a gun and did not obey commands to show his hands. Stokes’ family disputes that he had a gun and say he might not have heard the commands.
The police officer was not indicted in the shooting.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
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