Family of unarmed man killed by Euclid police files federal civil rights lawsuit

EUCLID, Ohio -- The family of a man shot and killed by Euclid police back in March is filing a federal civil rights lawsuit.

Luke Stewart was unarmed when he was shot in his car by a Euclid officer, who was later cleared of any wrongdoing.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office presented evidence to a grand jury, who chose not to indict the officer.

The family's attorney discussed the filing during a news conference outside Euclid City Hall Monday.

A release from the family states the following:

"On March 13, 2017, Euclid Police Officer Matthew Rhodes, Badge #39, shot and killed Luke O.
Stewart, age 23. Mr. Stewart was unarmed and inside a vehicle when Officer Rhodes beat, tased, and shot him multiple times. He suffered three gunshot wounds to his chest, one to his neck, and one to his wrist. He is survived by his mother, grandmother, two young children, siblings and cousins.

The lawsuit seeks not only to redress the wrongful and unjustified death of Luke Stewart but to hold the City of Euclid responsible for the unlawful policies and practices which caused his death and the rampant unjustified use of excessive force against other civilians in Euclid, particularly against African Americans. These policies and practices include the failure to properly investigate and discipline officer misconduct and the police code of silence."

The city has not yet responded.

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