American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona representatives announced yesterday that the organization filed a lawsuit against the City of Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Police Department, related to 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 was holding his 7-month-old grandson at the time.
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Additionally, the ACLU alleges that officer-involved shootings are typically "rubber-stamped" by the Scottsdale cops, and have continuously been declared by the department as being "in policy" -- despite plaintiffs in several lawsuits have said otherwise.
Police responded to Loxas' place on February 14 after a neighbo reported that he'd pointed a gun at him.
Loxas was on his doorstep when Peters shot him in the head with a rifle round, killing him instantly.
Police found two guns near Loxas after he died, inside the home.
Loxas wasn't in possession of a gun when he was shot, but was in possession of a "black object" -- a cellphone.
The Scottsdale Police Department hasn't released a final determination in the case, but as you can imagine, there will likely be political ramifications for the department either way.
That said, did Peters really need to record the sixth kill of his 12-year law enforcement career?
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