Judge: Officer used unreasonable force in unarmed man death
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -
A federal judge found that a Kentucky police officer used unreasonable force when he shot an unarmed, intoxicated man with cognitive disabilities.
U.S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley's ruling came in a civil case filed by the man's family against the city of Bowling Green and several officers involved.
Court records show that Gregory Harrison was shot and killed by Bowling Green Police Officer Keith Casada in August 2012. Harrison called police several times to say he wanted to kill his brother and needed help. Officers tracked him down at a set of railroad tracks. He refused to remove his hand from his pants and disobeyed orders though did not advance on the officers.
McKinley's finding that the shooting was "objectively unreasonable" means the case could head toward trial.
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