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Judge rules for Indianapolis police in black teen's killing

Posted at 8:11 AM, Nov 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-29 08:11:23-05

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has ruled in favor of Indianapolis police in a lawsuit that accused officers of excessive force in a black teenager's fatal shooting.

Andre Green's family sued the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department in August 2017, claiming officers violated the 15-year-old's constitutional rights when they shot him in August 2015 following a suspected armed carjacking.

READ | Federal lawsuit filed over death of Indianapolis teen shot and killed by IMPD officers |

Green was shot after police said he drove a stolen car into two patrol cars.

The city's attorneys argued the officers were shielded under a legal doctrine that typically protects officers acting in their official capacities from such lawsuits.

The Indianapolis Star reports a federal judge in Indianapolis recently ruled in favor of the city and the officers, ending the lawsuit prior to trial.

An attorney for Green's family says they'll decide whether to appeal.