R.I. jury rejects suit by family of officer killed by colleagues
By RAY HENRY
PROVIDENCE, R.I.- A federal jury Friday found that the city police department did not violate the civil rights of a black officer shot to death by two white colleagues who mistook him for a suspect.
The shooting sparked charges of racism in the police department.
The verdict came after a monthlong trial that centered on whether the department properly trained Officer Michael Solitro, one of the officers who shot Young. Solitro had been on the force for eight days, and Young's mother claimed the department did not adequately train him to recognize off-duty or plainclothes officers.
The jury began deliberating Wednesday afternoon.
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