Family of Shootout Victim Files Lawsuit Against Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) _ The family of a 92-year-old woman gunned down by
Atlanta police filed a lawsuit against the city today on the one-year anniversary of the killing.

The lawsuit was filed by a niece of Kathryn Johnston. It alleges racketeering, civil rights violations, assault, false imprisonment and negligence. It targets the city, Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington and five other current and former police officers.

Plainclothes narcotics officers burst into Johnston's home on November 21, 2006, using a no-knock warrant. Johnston was killed during the raid in a hail of nearly 40 police gunshots.

In the weeks after the killing, a probe revealed possible holes in the case.


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