- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A federal jury has awarded $1.3 million to the mother of a Springfield teenager who was struck and killed by a passing car during a confrontation with a police officer.

The award came after the jury found Monday that Officer Sean Sullivan had violated the civil rights of 15-year-old Delano Walker during the confrontation in July 2009.

Witnesses say Walker backed into traffic as Sullivan grabbed at his neck because the teen would not hang up his cellphone. Sullivan said he thought the teen was reaching for something in his pocket, The officer was cleared of misconduct charges.

A lawyer for Walker’s mother says he hopes the verdict leads to a halt of the Springfield police stop and frisk procedures.

Mayor Dominic Sarno says the city will likely appeal.

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