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Jury To Decide Civil Rights Suit Of Man Shot By Officer

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A federal jury will be allowed to decide whether a white Pittsburgh police officer violated the rights of a black man left paralyzed after he was shot during a traffic stop almost four years ago.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Maureen Kelly on Monday rejected a motion for summary judgment on the suit by Leon Ford.

Kelly also allowed the suit to continue against another officer but threw out claims against a third officer and the city of Pittsburgh.

Ford and his attorneys contend he was wrongly pulled over in November 2012 and later mistaken for a wanted gang member. Police said he tried to drive away, dragging the officer.

Ford was acquitted of aggravated assault. A jury deadlocked on other charges, and the city decided not to retry him.

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