NYS AG Sues Prosecutor Over Fatal Police Shooting

Apr 28, 2016

The state attorney general has filed a lawsuit claiming the Rensselaer County District Attorney "flagrantly violated" an executive order in presenting evidence in a fatal police shooting to a grand jury. 

District Attorney Joel Abelove announced Friday that the grand jury had cleared Troy police Sgt. Randy French of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a driver who had pinned him with his car five days earlier.

The grand jury decision was announced three days after Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office notified Abelove it wanted to review evidence in the case.

The attorney general is authorized to investigate police shootings when there are questions about the threat the civilian posed.

Schneiderman announced its lawsuit Wednesday. Abelove did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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