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On July 22, 2006 Minneapolis police officer Jason Anderson shot 19 year old Hmong-American Fong Lee eight times, killing him. Anderson and state trooper Craig Benz both claimed he had a gun and refused to drop it.[1] Family members of the deceased claimed the gun was planted.[2] On March 30, 2009 documents revealed that the gun had been in police possession since 2004, when police recovered the weapon after it was reported stolen.[3] Lee family attorney Mike Padden stated that the first police officer to arrive after the shooting was Bruce Johnson, who two years before had written up the burglary report on this same gun. [4]

Trial

  • A grand jury decided not to indict Anderson in 2007.
  • The family took the case to civil court but the jury ruled against them.[5]
  • The Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear the Lee family's appeal in 2010.[6]

References

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