Mom Sues Indiana Officer, City in Fatal Shooting of Son

(GARY) — A federal lawsuit against a northwestern Indiana city accuses one of its police officers of killing a 25-year-old African-American man who it says posed no threat during a traffic stop.

The wrongful death suit filed Monday on behalf of Rashad Cunningham’s mother says the officer shot Cunningham as he sat in a vehicle outside his Gary home around 3 a.m. on Aug. 17. It identifies the officer as Isaiah Price, who is black.

Rashad Cunningham

It says Price began shooting seconds after exiting his car and while Cunningham was holding his wallet and driver’s license.

A city spokeswoman declined comment Monday. There’s no public listing for Price. A city of Gary statement after the shooting said police don’t use body cameras or dashcams. It promised a thorough investigation.

Cunningham’s mom, Tonia Simmons, was to speak at a news conference Tuesday.

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