- Associated Press - Saturday, April 9, 2016

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida woman is suing Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and a deputy over the shooting death of her son in 2014.

Tinoris Williams was fatally shot by Deputy Ernest Cantu in Williams’ West Palm Beach apartment. Cantu told authorities he was investigating a burglary call when Williams attacked him and a violent struggle ensued.

Williams’ family said the 31-year-old black man was mentally ill. The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office cleared Cantu of any criminal charges.

The Palm Beach Post reports that (https://pbpo.st/1MmrdII ) Williams’ mother sued Cantu, Bradshaw and the sheriff’s office this week in federal court.

The lawsuit says the sheriff’s office encourages the use of excessive force, particularly against young black men, and failed to properly train deputies to handle situations involving people with mental illness.

A sheriff’s office spokeswoman declined comment.


Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, https://www.pbpost.com

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