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According to NBC News, Two lawsuits seeking $100 million each have been filed against a Michigan school district, its superintendent, principal and others after four students were fatally shot and others wounded at Oxford High School, a lawyer announced Thursday. The lawsuits were filed in federal court in Detroit, attorney Geoffrey Fieger said Thursday. They were filed on behalf of a student who was shot in the neck and wounded during the Nov. 30 shooting and her sister, who was next to her at the time of the shooting. Named in the suits are the Oxford Community School District, Superintendent Timothy Throne, Oxford High School principal Steven Wolf, the dean of students, two counselors, two teachers and a staff member. Ten students and a teacher were shot at the school in Oxford Township, roughly 30 miles north of Detroit. Ethan Crumbley, a 15-year-old sophomore at the school, was arrested at the school and has been charged as an adult with murder, terrorism and other crimes. His parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, later were arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter. Personal-injury lawyers have expressed doubt that the school district could be successfully sued for letting Crumbley stay in school. That’s because Michigan law sets a high bar to wring liability out of public schools and other arms of government.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Rapper Slim 400 was shot and killed Wednesday night in Inglewood, California. The shooting occurred on the 8600 block of 7th Avenue at around 7:50 p.m., the Inglewood Police Department said Thursday. Authorities identified the victim as Vincent Cohran — the real name of Slim 400. Officers patrolling the area found the wounded musician on the ground after hearing gunshots. Paramedics treated Slim 400 on site before the L.A. County Fire Department transported him to a local hospital for emergency traumatic care —reportedly Harbor-UCLA Medical Center — where he was pronounced dead. Inglewood police are collecting evidence and pursuing witnesses for the ongoing investigation. TMZ first reported that Slim 400 was 33 at the time of his death, but police later said he was 34, according to NBC News. Born in Germany and raised in Compton, the emcee was known for songs such as “Goapele,” featuring YG, and “Piru,” featuring YG and Redrum 187.
According to BBC, Opening statements have begun in the trial of a former Minnesota police officer who shot and killed a black motorist in April. Police say Kim Potter, 49, mistakenly drew her gun instead of her Taser and killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Ms Potter now faces first- and second-degree manslaughter charges for Mr Wright’s death. Her defence team claims he was resisting arrest at the time. Mr Wright’s death sparked protests and clashes with police. According to police officials, Mr Wright was pulled over for an expired tag on his car’s licence plate when he was driving in Brooklyn Center, a Minneapolis suburb. His family, however, has suggested that he was being racially profiled when police stopped him. Body cam footage released after the incident shows Mr Wright attempting to flee from police after they told him he faced arrest for an outstanding warrant. He had missed a court date for two earlier misdemeanour charges.
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