Prosecutor Declines Filing Charges

A Kansas prosecutor says that he will not file criminal charges over the death of a Black 17-year-old who became unresponsive while being restrained face down for more than 30 minutes following an altercation with staff at a Wichita juvenile center in September.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said the state’s “stand-your-ground” law prevents him from bringing any charges in the death of Cedric Lofton because staff members were protecting themselves.

Bennett said that if he did bring charges, “a judge would be duty bound to dismiss the case.”

The teen’s family decried Bennett’s decision, issuing a statement in which they called it “yet another instance of an unarmed Black teenager killed by law enforcement.”

Community activists previously have called for a special prosecutor, the release of video, and the names of the individuals involved in Lofton’s death.