Of­fi­cer jus­ti­fied in un­armed man’s death

Antelope Valley Press - - SECOND FRONT -

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Mis­souri po­lice of­fi­cer used rea­son­able force when he fa­tally shot an un­armed man in 2013 be­cause the of­fi­cer be­lieved the man was armed and posed a threat, a fed­eral judge determined.

Kansas City po­lice Of­fi­cer Wil­liam Thomp­son shot and killed 24-year-old Ryan Stokes in July 2013 dur­ing a foot chase. Stokes, who was black, was falsely ac­cused of steal­ing a cell­phone. Thomp­son, who is bira­cial, shot him twice in the back even though Stokes was fol­low­ing an­other of­fi­cer’s com­mands.

U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes ruled Tues­day that Thomp­son has im­mu­nity.

“Us­ing the ap­pli­ca­ble fac­tors to de­ter­mine ob­jec­tive rea­son­able­ness, Of­fi­cer Thomp­son be­lieved Stokes was armed and turned to am­bush the pur­su­ing of­fi­cers, and Of­fi­cer Thomp­son dis­charged his weapon to pro­tect the ap­proach­ing of­fi­cers,” Wimes wrote in his 15-page opinion.

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