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Family files lawsuit against officers who they say shot, killed unarmed relative in 2014


SAN FRANCISCO — Two Bay Area officers are facing a lawsuit from family members who say their relative was unarmed and naked when police fatally shot him in the back.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1H7BBvl) the civil rights lawsuit filed Monday by siblings of 29-year-old James McKinney names Hayward police Officers Kenneth Landreth and Ricardo Flores and the city itself as defendants.

Hayward police say officers responded in July 2014 to a report that McKinney was behaving erratically at a Phoenix Lodge and wouldn't leave a tenant's room.

Officers say they entered to convince McKinney to leave, and he lunged for their weapons.

The lawsuit says officers shot McKinney seconds after entering the room.

Unspecified damages are being sought by siblings Diane McKinney, Deborah McKinney, Richard McKinney, Jacqueline Taylor and Michael McKinney.

Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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