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The deadly traffic stop in the middle of a federal civil rights lawsuit was captured on camera, however the video doesn’t tell the whole story.  According to a report from the Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, 17 year old Deven Guilford was shot seven times by a Michigan sheriff’s sergeant in February after he allegedly attacked the officer on the side of a snowy highway.

In June the officer, Eaton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jonathan Frost, was cleared by the county prosecutor after an investigation into the teen’s shooting death.  In the federal complaint, filed Wednesday, Guilford’s family said their son should never have even been pulled over in the first place.

Hugh Davis, the attorney for Gilford’s family said “There really wasn’t anything that the cop didn’t do wrong.”  The suit says the victim’s family is seeking damages and a trial by jury.

Davies said the family wants justice for their son, and also to bring “awareness of how things really are” when it comes to law enforcement and excessive force.


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