- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The mother of a 26-year-old Philadelphia man fatally shot by police during a 2014 traffic stop has filed suit against the city and two officers.

The civil rights suit, filed Wednesday in federal court, seeks to be certified as a class action lawsuit to include other victims of excessive force by Philadelphia police.

Brandon Tate-Brown was stopped Dec. 15, 2014 by Officers Nicholas Carrelli and Heng Dang on Frankford Avenue.

Police say Tate-Brown had a semiautomatic pistol in his car and a struggle ensued, which ended with Carrelli shooting him in the back of the head.

Tate-Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.



District Attorney Seth Williams didn’t charge the officers. The suit alleges “the powers that be did not want ‘another Ferguson’ in Philadelphia.”

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