La Porte officers cleared in fatal shooting

January 16, 2009 4:42:24 PM PST
A federal jury on Friday decided four La Porte police officers did not violate the civil rights of a man shot and killed by three of the officers. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The jury determined the officers did not use unnecessary force in the October 2001 shooting death of Bob Meadours. The officers shot Meadours 13 times and said he had charged at one officer with a screwdriver. A grand jury no billed the officers. Meadours' parents sued the officers for $8 million.

The shooting death of Meadours led to the passing of the Bob Meadours Act. Previously, only new law enforcement recruits were required to receive training in crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques for dealing with people with mental illnesses. The law now requires that training for all officers.

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