Wife of Fla. cop killed escorting Obama sues sheriff's department

Officer was killed while escorting President Barack Obama's motorcade when his motorcycle was struck by a pickup truck


Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The widow of a Florida police officer killed while escorting President Barack Obama's motorcade is suing a sheriff's department, saying it bears some responsibility for her husband's death.

Jupiter Police Officer Bruce St. Laurent was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a pickup truck during a 2012 visit by Obama. His wife, Brenda St. Laurent, is suing the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

St. Laurent was killed while he prepared to shut down a stretch of Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach ahead of the motorcade.

His wife says the sheriff's office "negligently allowed" the driver of the truck to enter the highway.

The sheriff's office had no immediate comment. The lawsuit filed last week seeks unspecified damages.

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