TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - It was Monday when a federal judge decided to dismiss the Shumpert family's civil suit against the city of Tupelo, and some community members do not agree with the decision.
“He didn’t shoot at nobody, he didn’t rob a store," said James Berry, who heard of the incident when news broke last summer of the fatal police shooting. "I just think it was excessive force for the circumstances. I just think it made him mad that the guy ran.”
The victim was Antwon “Ronnie” Shumpert, who was killed after a traffic stop and on foot pursuit.
U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock outlined what she calls seven essential points in her dismissal, including that the plaintiff couldn’t prove an excessive force claim.
Police say Officer Tyler cook told Shumpert “I have a dog and he will bite” before giving the command to the K-9.
“I think that was unnecessary force too, yes I do," said Tupelo resident Mitch Berry.
However, Mayor Jason Shelton said Monday the officer acted accordingly.
“At each turn it’s found that the officer and the police department acted I accordance with the law," said the mayor. "I think it brings closure to this matter.”
Also outlined is a lack of evidence for a caller who reportedly contacted family with a different version of events. The judge also states there is no evidence of a sustained injury from the K-9.
Some community members say officers should have other means of de-escalating situations such as Ronnie Shumpert’s.
“A taser would have worked," said Clayton Burkeen, who lives in the area. "He could have resulted to that and it wouldn’t have ended up in a loss of life.”
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A federal judge has dismissed the $35 million federal lawsuit the family of Antwun Shumpert filed against the city of Tupelo following the fatal police shooting that claimed Shumpert's life.
A 20-page order by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock on Monday says the plaintiffs failed to establish several essential claims for the civil suit to move forward.
Shumpert, who was black, was shot by Tupelo Police Officer Tyler Cook, who is white, during a confrontation in Lee Acres in 2016 following a traffic stop.
A Lee County grand jury said it found no criminal wrongdoing in Cook's actions that night, but the family and others primarily in the black community expressed outrage over the decision.
Shumpert's shooting death and the public outcry led to multiple protests and garnered national attention.