BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) - The City of Battle Creek appears to have been cleared of wrongdoing in a lawsuit filed after officers shot and killed a man in July of 2010.
Police officers say 32-year-old Leroy Nelson confronted an officer with a knife before being fatally shot.
His mother Paula Martin filed a federal lawsuit against the officers and the City of Battle Creek in November 2011, asking for $75,000. Nelson's estate alleged officers used excessive force in addition to violating his Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure.
A Case Evaluation Panel looked at the case and found in favor of the city, saying the plaintiff "had no cause of action." Nelson's estate has accepted the finding by the panel.
In November 2012, a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit against the three named officers, leaving only the City of Battle Creek as a defendant. The city will now file documents with the judge asking the case be closed.
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