The parents of the teen shot in 2006 by police filed suit against the city accusing the cops of planting a gun on their son; the trial begins May 1 in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, reported the Pioneer Press.
Fon Lee,19, was shot eight times by an Minneapolis police officer after he fled from authorities with what one officer believed to be a gun. A gun was found on the scene but it was discovered that the gun could not have been in the possession of Lee because it was already in police possession after it was used in a buglary, according to the Pioneer Press.
During a news conference, Police Chief Tim Dolan said the Russian-made Baikal .380 semiautomatic pistol was found next to Lee. According to the police report that was filed six days after the shooting, the gun was stolen in a 2004 North Side burglary. According to an older police report this gun was in a police property room; this led to a new police report being filed and changing the gun to a Belgian-made FNH pistol (Star Tribune).
The officer who shot Lee also reviewed police reports, witness statements and other documents; this raises questions to the officer's credibility, reported the Pioneer Press.
"The evidence supports a claim of planting a gun, especially since irrefutable video evidence and eyewitness accounts establish Fong Lee did not have a gun at the time he was killed," Richard Hechter, a lawyer representing Fong Lee's family, wrote in an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court on Monday (Pioneer Press).
Part of the chase was captured on a school surveillance camera in North Minneapolis and no gun was visible, according to the Pioneer Press.
Police officer Jason Andersen was cleared by a grand jury and was backed up by his superiors for his actions at during the original case and reported Lee was waving a gun at him, reported the Pioneer Press.
City Attorney Susan Segal has not responded to the Star Tribune, but sent a statement to city leaders saying "the city will show the Police Department acted lawfully in this matter" (Star Tribune).