ACLU Suing City of Scottsdale Over Officer James Peters' Sixth Kill
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona will be filing a lawsuit against the City of Scottsdale, related to Scottsdale Police Officer James Peters' sixth kill on the job.
The officer-misconduct lawsuit will be based on the fatal shooting of 50-year-old John Loxas, who happened to be holding a baby at the time.
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The details of the lawsuit will be announced at a press conference later this morning.
Scottsdale's police board for the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System approved Peters' "accidental disability retirement application" just a few months after the February shooting, although federal law prevented city officials from discussing what Peters' accidental disability is.
Police responded to Loxas' place on February 14 after neighbors reported that he'd pointed a gun at them, but after Loxas was shot on his doorstep, police found two guns near him, inside the home.
Loxas wasn't in possession of a gun when he was shot, but was in possession of a "black object" known as a cellphone.
Loxas had been accused of pointing a gun at a neighbor before the February incident.
Peters' prior killings include a disbarred lawyer with a shotgun, a burglary suspect, a man who took a hostage at a grocery store, a guy who decided to shoot at the cops, and another who decided to drive his truck at the cops.
Peters was also involved in another shooting, but the suspect lived through that one.
Peters was cleared after investigations in previous shootings, although the city and one man's family settled out of court in one instance.
Scottsdale officials told New Times Peters was expected to get around $4,500 in his monthly pension checks.
We'll provide more details after the press conference.
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