Officer Sues Killing Black Man
Former Columbus, Mississippi police officer Canyon Boykin (Image via WCBI video) | Ricky Ball (Photo/Justice for Ricky Ball, Facebook)

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A former police officer is suing a Mississippi city after he was fired for his role in a fatal death.

WCBI-TV reports Canyon Boykin filed the federal civil suit Monday against Columbus.

It claims Boykin was not given due process when he was fired over the October shooting death of Ricky Ball. Officials said Boykin was fired for not turning on his body camera or recorder before the shooting.

The suit also provides details of Boykin’s actions the night Ball died. Boykin says he used a stun gun on Ball, who later got up and ran. During a foot pursuit, Boykin says, Ball turned toward him with a gun in his hand and Boykin opened fire, striking Ball.

Boykin’s attorney, Jim Waide, says the case has been assigned to U.S. District Chief Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen.

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Information from: WCBI-TV, http://www.wcbi.com

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