Family to sue in case of motorist killed by Philly police

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams speaks during a news conference Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Philadelphia. Williams says the fatal December 2014 police shooting of Brandon Tate-Brown during an early morning traffic stop was a tragedy but not a crime. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The family of a motorist fatally shot by Philadelphia police during a traffic stop plans to sue.

Family attorney Brian Mildenberg said Thursday he believes Brandon Tate-Brown’s civil rights were violated. He spoke hours after District Attorney Seth Williams decided against pressing charges against the police officer who shot the 26-year-old Tate-Brown.

The incident occurred Dec. 15 after the officer pulled over Tate-Brown around 2:45 a.m., allegedly for driving without headlights on. Williams says Tate-Brown broke away from officers and tried to reach into the car for a gun.

The unidentified officer then shot Tate-Brown in the head. Williams says the shooting was a tragedy, but not a crime.

Tate-Brown’s family disputes the account, questioning why he was pulled over and whether the use of force was justified.
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