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Arguments set for appeal of ruling in Shumpert civil suit against Tupelo

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has set arguments for September in the lawsuit filed by the widow of Antwun Shumpert against the city of Tupelo concerning a fatal police shooting.

Posted: Jul 8, 2018 11:27 PM
Updated: Sep 24, 2018 8:48 PM

NEW ORLEANS (WTVA) - A federal appeals court has scheduled arguments in the lawsuit filed by the widow of Antwun Shumpert against the city of Tupelo concerning a fatal police shooting in 2016.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has tentatively scheduled those oral arguments for the week of September 3.

Shumpert's widow, Peggy, is appealing a lower court ruling in favor of the city in her $35 million civil suit.

Officer Tyler Cook fatally shot Shumpert during a confrontation, and the civil suit followed a Lee County grand jury deciding there was nothing criminal in Cook's actions.

The lawsuit was filed by Peggy Shumpert and by Charles Foster, who was with Antwun Shumpert the night of the shooting, against the city, Mayor Jason Shelton, Police Chief Bart Aguirre and Officer Tyler Cook.

We're told Peggy Shumpert will request the United States Supreme Court hear the case against Tyler Cook. 

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