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Che Taylor's family files civil rights suit against city of Seattle

Marchers on Thur. Feb 25 protested the killing of Che Taylor by the Seattle Police, shot on Feb. 22.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones
Marchers in Seattle protested the killing of Che Taylor in February 2016.

The family of Che Taylor has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Seattle and the police officers who shot him.

Plainclothes officers killed Taylor in the Wedgewood neighborhood two years ago.

During an inquest, the officers said they tried to arrest Taylor because he was illegally carrying a gun.

The officers said they fired after Taylor failed to comply with their commands.

The inquest jury disagreed but still found the shooting justified.

King County prosecutors declined to charge the officers.

The lawsuit, filed by attorney James Bible, says the city violated Taylor’s civil rights.

The suit says Taylor, who was African American, was given conflicting commands and was shot when he tried to follow one of them.

Taylor was standing beside a car when he was shot.

The suit says the two people inside it also did not comply with police orders but were not shot.

They were white.

Read the full federal lawsuit below:

Year started with KUOW: 2015
Patricia Murphy is an award-winning reporter at KUOW Public Radio in Seattle focusing on military affairs, veterans issues and criminal justice. She began her career at WBUR Boston in 1994 and has worked at KUOW since 2000.