A federal judge has ruled that videos from officers’ body cameras do not establish that a suspect reached for a gun before Topeka police shot him to death in September 2017.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree said this week that the video footage was “equivocal, at best” in a ruling that allows attorneys for suspect Dominique White’s family to question two officers.

The family filed a civil rights lawsuit in June 2018 against the city, Officers Michael Cruse and Justin Mackey and five unnamed officers.  The city wants the lawsuit dismissed.

The officers responded to reports of gunfire near a park and confronted the 30-year-old White.  He was armed, and the officers shot him as he fled, maintaining that White reached for his gun in a pocket.

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