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Family of Jacob Harris files lawsuit against City of Phoenix

Jacob Harris
Posted at 6:08 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 23:18:52-05

PHOENIX — The family of a teen shot in the back by phoenix police officers has filed a lawsuit against the City of Phoenix.

Jacob Harris, 19, was killed last January. Police were following a car full of teens, and they say the group committed an armed robbery in a fast food restaurant.

When the vehicle stopped, Harris got out and started running.

Officers said the teen had a gun and turned like he was going to shoot. Two officers fired on Harris and hit him in the back. He died of his injuries.

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The family contests the police version of events. They say police helicopter video shows Harris was running away and did not turn or point a gun. They claim he had a cell phone in his hand.

The lawsuit accuses the officers of wrongful death and a civil rights violation.