Family Of Man Fatally Shot By Oakland Police Sues City

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The family of a 20-year-old man fatally shot by an Oakland police officer is suing the city.

The federal civil-rights lawsuit filed Friday claims the September shooting of Gary King Jr. of Oakland was unnecessary and
constituted excessive force.

Sgt. Pat Gonzales shot King in the back in North Oakland after police failed to subdue the suspect with a stun gun.

Police said King fit the description of a "person of interest" in an August killing, and he was carrying a loaded weapon.

In their lawsuit, King's parents allege that their son didn't pose a "significant and immediate threat of death or serious physical injury" to the sergeant or others.

The Oakland city attorney has declined to comment on the lawsuit.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-05-10-08 1419EDT


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