(AP) — A federal jury says four San Francisco police officers did not use excessive force when they shot and killed a college student at a park.
The eight-member jury reached the verdict Thursday in a civil lawsuit filed against the city following the 2014 shooting of Alex Nieto. The shooting sparked protests and has fueled anger against police in the wake of another fatal police shooting last year.
Nieto was killed after authorities said he pointed what they thought was a handgun at them, but turned out to be a stun gun. Nieto carried a stun gun for his job as a security guard.
Attorneys for Nieto's family said that Nieto never pointed the stun gun at officers, and called a witness who said Nieto's hands were in his pockets when police opened fire.