By Associated Press - Thursday, September 21, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The mother of a 26-year-old Philadelphia man whose shooting death during a 2014 traffic stop sparked protests around the city has withdrawn a federal civil rights lawsuit tied to the case. reports ( ) that Tanya Brown-Dickerson did not offer a specific reason for her decision to withdraw the suit against the city. The trial had been scheduled to begin Monday.

Police said Brandon Tate-Brown had a gun in his car and was shot during a struggle. Prosecutors said the shooting was justified and did not file criminal charges.

Asa Khalif, Tate-Brown’s cousin and a spokesman for Black Lives Matter in Philadelphia, remains critical of police and prosecutors, writing, “No amount of money can be a substitute for Brandon’s life.”


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