Judge: lawsuit against Wichita police can proceed

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge says a widow can proceed with a $5 million lawsuit accusing Wichita police of wrongdoing when they shot and wounded her husband.

The lawsuit filed by Michlle Richard says injuries her husband, Stacy Richard, sustained in the shooting led to his suicide months later. The lawsuit names officers, the police department and the city as defendants.

U.S. District Court Judge Eric Melgren recently found that Mrs. Richard made a “plausible claim” that the shooting — which her husband survived — led to his eventual death. Melgren says she laid out a sufficient legal claim that police used excessive force.

The Wichita Eagle reports the city sought to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the shooting was justified because officers believed he was pointing a weapon at them.


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