Key Questions About a Teenager's Killing

On Sept. 17, 2007, 14-year-old DeOnté Rawlings was killed by an off-duty police officer who sought to retrieve his stolen minibike. Officers James Haskel and Anthony Clay spotted a boy on a minibike in an alley. Officers said the boy, later identified as DeOnté, drew a gun. Gunfire ensued. When it was over, DeOnté lay dying from a gunshot wound to the back of the head. Nearly a year after DeOnté was killed, federal prosecutors and police officials said he fired first at Haskel and Clay. The officials cited 13 words to back up that the shooting was justified: "physical and forensic evidence, autopsy results, ShotSpotter data, and firearms and paint analysis."

Key Questions About a Teenager's Killing

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