No Charges in AZ Police Shooting; Family Plans Protest

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The family of a teen shot dead by a Tempe, Ariz., police lieutenant has denounced the county attorney’s decision not to criminally charge the lawman, reports the Arizona Republic. Speaking with reporters on Thursday, the family of 19-year-old Dalvin Hollins decried the lack of prosecution for Tempe police Lt. Edward Ouimette and said they hold out hope that an internal investigation of his actions in the shooting last July will result in his termination or resignation. “At this point, we are looking forward to the results of the city analyzing whether or not policies and procedures were violated,” said Rev. Jarrett Maupin, who has been acting as a family representative.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery announced Wednesday that Ouimette would not be criminally charged in the case. Ouimette, who is white, fatally shot the black teen last July after he fled a Walgreens pharmacy that he was accused of robbing at gunpoint. Hollins was unarmed. Hollins’ family was planning to hold a demonstration Friday afternoon in Tempe.

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