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Groups seek investigation in teen's death

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Posted: Dec 11, 2012 10:21 AM
Updated: Dec 11, 2012 10:21 AM
Source: Associated Press

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BREAUX BRIDGE - Several groups including relatives of a 16-year-old who was shot and killed by a Breaux Bridge police officer are demanded an independent investigation. The Advocate reports the groups have characterized the death as excessive force against an unarmed teenager who panicked.

State police say Darneisha Harris was shot Dec. 2 after she drove into a police car responding to a disturbance and then struck a bystander and two parked vehicles.

Rev. Raymond Brown, head of the New Orleans-based civil rights group National Action Now, said even if Harris was driving "wildly," police had options beyond deadly force, including shooting to disable the car or trying to physically remove her from the car.

State police have released no details about the shooting other than a general scenario.

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