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Police killing, beating of civilians raise issue of reasonable force
Police killing, beating of civilians raise issue of reasonable force

 A wooden cross on a narrow, tree-lined road marks the spot where Samantha Ramsey died a violent death. Passersby might think the marker, etched with the 19-year-old's name and a yellow smiley face, is a memorial to a car crash victim. They would be wrong. In April, Ramsey was killed when a sheriff's deputy fired four bullets through her car windshield as she left a party on the banks of the Ohio River. Ramsey, who did not have a gun, was dead before her mother got to the hospital. A grand jury took one day to review evidence — including the deputy's testimony that he feared for his life — before declaring the shooting justified. With that, Ramsey's...

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