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Feds urged to investigate police shooting of black teen

The ACLU of Virginia and Roanoke branch of the NAACP are urging federal officials to investigate police practices in Roanoke County, where officers shot and killed a black teen in February.

The groups said in a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s office this month that they want more information about the death of 18-year-old Kionte Spencer.

Police say the officers shot Spencer after he ignored their commands to drop a BB gun that resembled a pistol. The Roanoke County Commonwealth’s Attorney said in May that no charges will be filed against the officers.

The names and races of the officers haven’t been released.

The ACLU and NAACP say they believe Roanoke County’s police practices target minorities and people with disabilities.

A police spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to messages Wednesday.

 

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