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A federal judge yesterday also gave the Rawlings family permission to proceed with discovery in a $100 million civil suit against the officers and the District.

“We simply do not value every life the same, and that’s an unfortunate situation,” said the family’s attorney, Greg Lattimer.

“And it’s once-again been proven by the actions of the U.S. Attorney’s office today … ‘My son is dead but they’re not going to do anything.’ That’s difficult to swallow for any parent.”

In a statement, Mr. Fenty, a Democrat, called DeOnte’s death “a tragic loss for his family” and said “the entire community continues to mourn for them.”

“Now that this process is complete, we will work to ensure that the community and our officers who put their lives on the line every day continue to heal together,” Mr. Fenty said.