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Lakewood to appeal $15 million police shooting award

Associated Press

SEATTLE – A small Washington state city will appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals a $15.1 million verdict against police who shot and killed an unarmed black man.

The Seattle Times reported in a story Thursday that the city of Lakewood filed the notice of appeal not long after a federal judge in a blistering ruling on Jan. 11 upheld the award in the police wrongful-death lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein found that the jury had plenty of reasons to conclude that the shooting of Leonard Thomas during a 2013 SWAT operation in the Tacoma suburb was outrageous.

Thomas was unarmed, hadn’t threatened anyone and was standing on his porch with his 4-year-old son, whom he had agreed to release, when a sniper killed him.

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