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ACLU sues Scottsdale over fatal shooting by police

ACLU sues Scottsdale over fatal shooting by police

CREATED Sep. 24, 2012

Web Producer: Taylor Avey

PHOENIX (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Scottsdale police in connection with the sixth deadly shooting by a since-retired officer.

John Loxas Jr. was unarmed and holding his infant grandson when shot Feb. 14 by since-retired Officer James Peters.

The lawsuit filed Monday on behalf of Loxas family members alleges his death resulted from systemic inadequacies in the Scottsdale Police Department's training and review practices.

Scottsdale police did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

But a spokesman noted that Maricopa County prosecutors have decided against  charging anybody in the killing of Loxas.

Police have said officers went to Loxas' home after a neighbor reported that Loxas threatened the neighbor with a gun.

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