Family of man killed by BART officer plan to sue

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The Associated Press
January 5, 2008

OAKLAND, Calif. — An attorney representing the family of a man slain by a transit agency police officer early New Year’s Day says they will file a multimillion dollar lawsuit.

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Attorney John Burris says the family of 22-year Oscar Grant plans to file a $25 million claim against the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency this week.

Burris on Sunday called the shooting intentional and plans to ask prosecutors to seek criminal charges against the officer. He reiterated that Grant, who witnesses say was lying on his stomach waiting to be handcuffed, posed no threat when he was fatally shot around 2:15 a.m.

BART spokesman Jim Allison says the officer’s gun went off while police were trying to restrain Grant at BART’s Fruitvale station, and that Grant was not cuffed.

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