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Slain man's family sues Bellevue police

Jessica Cuffman • Sep 23, 2012 at 1:03 PM

A Bellevue man's family has filed a federal lawsuit against the city and its police department, whose officers shot and killed the man two years ago on his front porch.

The family of James David Sr. filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Thursday, just days before the statute of limitations deadline.

David's wife, Karen, and his children -- James David Jr. and Stacy Thompson -- filed the suit, in which they are representing themselves.

Bellevue police Sgt. Jeffrey Matter and Officer Erik Lawson fatally shot David Sr., 60, on Sept. 22, 2010.

He was sitting on the front porch of his Union Street home with a gun when the officers shot him 15 times.

An Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation probe took the case to a grand jury, which ultimately chose not to indict Matter and Lawson.

Then-Bellevue police Chief Dennis Brandal said the officers shot David only after he pointed a gun at them.

Read more on the suit in Saturday's Register.

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