Judges let Washington state police shooting lawsuit proceed

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state appeals court has allowed a $10 million lawsuit to proceed to trial against King County and a sheriff’s deputy in connection with the shooting death of a 20-year-old high school student. The Seattle Times reported the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling Monday involving the lawsuit stemming from the 2017 death of Tommy Le. Le’s family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit that was scheduled for trial in June 2019, but a judge allowed the deputy to appeal his decision not to grant the deputy qualified immunity, which protects police officers who say they had to make split-second, life-or-death decisions.

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