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5 Oklahoma City officers charged with first-degree manslaughter in fatal shooting of teen who dropped gun

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In this screen grab from a security camera, robbery suspect Stavian Rodriguez is shown dropping a gun second before Oklahoma City police officers fired.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Five Oklahoma City police officers will be charged with first-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old robbery suspect last November.

The officers were identified by police as Bethany Sears, Jared Barton, Corey Adams, John Skuta and Brad Pemberton.

The suspect, Stavian Rodriguez, was shot around Nov. 23 after he had dropped a gun outside an Okie Gas Express in Oklahoma City.

Rodriguez

The shooting led to protests last year and a negligence claim against the city. “How many more?” one protester wrote on a sign held outside a police station Dec. 12.

“No one should be executed because they made ‘furtive movements.’ Our systems are broken and need to be re-imagined and need rebuilding,” Ward 6 Councilwoman JoBeth Hamon wrote on Twitter last year.



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