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Prosecutor says fatal Cleveland police shooting unjustified

An assistant county prosecutor says in a pretrial court filing the fatal shooting of an unarmed

Published: June 12, 2017 4:00 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) -- An assistant county prosecutor says in a pretrial court filing the fatal shooting of an unarmed burglary suspect by a Cleveland police officer wasn't justified.

Cleveland.com reports the prosecutor wrote 49-year-old patrolman Alan Buford shouldn't have had his finger on the trigger when 18-year-old Brandon Jones became sandwiched between him and his partner outside a closed convenience store in March 2015.

Buford has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor negligent homicide. His trial is set for June 21.

Jones was black, as is Buford.

Buford's attorney told Cleveland.com the charges weren't warranted and an eyewitness provided conflicting versions of events.

Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Brian Radigan's filing says deadly use of force wasn't justified because the store burglary was a low-level felony and Jones wasn't trying to flee.


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