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Woman Suing Portland for Brother's Death

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A Portland police sniper that killed a man in 2005 is now being sued his sister that has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the officer and the city.

The lawsuit alleges the officer of excessive force in the death of her brother, whom the officer shot in the back with an M-16 rifle. She further accuses the city of wrongful death for their role in what the lawsuit describes is the officer’s long history of excessive force.

On November 4, 2005, the man was suicidal, drunk and armed with a gun when police surrounded his apartment. He was in phone contact with officials at the time he was shot to death.