Court: Santa Clara cops justified in shooting

Federal appeals court rejects wrongful death case against Santa Clara cops


By Howard Mintz
Contra Costa Times

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A federal appeals court rejected a wrongful death lawsuit against the Santa Clara police department, finding officers acted reasonably when they shot and killed a young rapper who turned violent at a 2008 house party.

In a short ruling, two 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges on Wednesday upheld an earlier decision by a San Jose judge who tossed the lawsuit filed by the family of Aziz Howard Raqmond James. James, considered a rising Bay area hip-hop star known as Almighty Aziz, stabbed two friends and a police dog before he was fatally shot by police who arrived at the scene.

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