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Baltimore police sued after man's killing

The mother of a man who was shot to death by Baltimore County police has filed a multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit against six officers and the county government.

Gwendolyn Cann claims officers used excessive force when they fired more than 70 bullets at her 25-year-old son, Taevon Cann. He died on Feb. 29, 2008.

Police said at the time that officers opened fire after Cann tried to ram one of them with his car.

Gwendolyn Cann is seeking at least $30 million in damage.

The lawsuit was filed last week in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Police spokesman Cpl. Michael Hill says the department can't comment on the lawsuit until it's been adjudicated.

-- The Baltimore Sun

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 17, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
Categories:  Baltimore , From the Courthouse  
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Yeah, he would be less dead had they only fired six or so.

Posted by: ronjaboy | August 17, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

And why does she deserve money again?? Wow, a crime is a crime..he choose his actions and police took action.

Posted by: shadon1 | August 17, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Cann had an arrest and conviction record at the time of his death. I do not know what happened when the police shot Mr. Cann, only that he left an unenviable legacy.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | August 17, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Cann was arrested and found guilty of driving on a suspended license. jnrentz, don't be like Glenn Beck and just make a statement to make it look bad with out giving the full truth. 70 bullets for driving with out a license, right.

Posted by: bobby31 | August 17, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

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