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Woman sues city, says officer violated rights in shooting

November 13, 2018

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A woman is suing a Mississippi city and a police officer, saying the officer used excessive force when he shot her while firing at another person.

Morkiter Jones sued the city of Columbus and Officer Jared Booth in federal court in Aberdeen earlier this month.

Jones says Booth violated her federal civil rights in the November 2017 shooting.

Booth remains on leave from the police department after shooting and killing 24-year-old Raymond Davis outside a nightclub.

Jones says Booth shot her in the abdomen. She alleges the city isn’t properly training officers. Booth was earlier suspended without pay for posting racially insensitive content online.

Columbus city attorney Jeff Turnage tells The Commercial Dispatch that the city will reply in court, but says the suit is inaccurate. Booth’s lawyer declines comment.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com

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