The case of the mother of a man shot dead during the protests was dismissed


A federal judge dismissed a civil rights lawsuit filed by the mother of a 19-year-old Seattle man who was fatally shot and killed during organized protest on Capitol Hill last year.

U.S. District Judge John Coughenour said Donnitta Sinclair, mother of Horace Anderson, could not show that the city officials’ decision to evacuate the precinct during the riots following the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police force created circumstances that led to Anderson’s shooting, the Seattle Times reported.

Coughenour cited a law stating that “members of the public have no constitutional right to sue (city officials) who fail to protect them from harm by third parties” unless they can demonstrate that the city’s actions are causing a hazard that would otherwise not have existed.

Sinclair’s lawsuit alleged the city’s decision to abandon the district and the surrounding area, demanding “lawlessness and … a foreseeable danger” that led to Anderson’s death.

The city said it couldn’t have foreseen Anderson would face a rival, Marcel Long, on Capitol Hill on June 20, 2020. Long was arrested in July and is charged with murder.

Sinclair’s attorney, Mark Lindquist, said he expected to appeal.

Dan Nolte, a spokesman for the Seattle Attorney General, declined to comment because Anderson’s father and estate have filed similar claims that are pending.

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