Family of Black man to sue county over fatal traffic stop

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Family members of a Black motorist fatally shot by a southwestern Washington deputy in February after a traffic stop say they intend to sue Clark County over his death. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the family of 30-year-old Jenoah Donald is alleging wrongful death. Attorney Mark Lindquist asserts Clark County Sheriff’s deputies’ traffic stop was illegal, citing a 1997 court case that he said bars Washington police from using traffic stops as cover to investigate drug crimes. Donald died after three Clark County Sheriff’s deputies stopped him for a broken tail light north of Vancouver. Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins said Thursday that the department awaits the tort claim and that his condolences are with Donald’s family.