La Porte officers due in court for civil trial

January 5, 2009 3:28:03 AM PST
Four La Porte police officers once accused in the shooting death of a mentally ill man are headed back to court today. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Those officers will face a civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of Robert Meadours. In 2001, the La Porte officers responded to a domestic call at Meadours' home. He was in a back yard with a sharp metal object. Officers tried to subdue him, but they opened fire when Meadours lunged at them.

Meadours was killed. A grand jury later decided not to file any criminal charges against the officers.

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