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Scottsdale considers law firm contract in suit

•  Recent Cases     updated  2012/11/06 10:07


The City Council in Scottsdale is poised to approve a $350,000 contract with a law firm it has hired to defend a former officer in a wrongful death lawsuit over the last of his six fatal shootings.

The city hired Struck, Wieneke & Love to defend former officer James Peters in a suit filed by the relatives of John Loxas and the American Civil Liberties Union. The City Council is set to consider the contract on Nov. 13, according to the Arizona Republic reports.

Peters fatally shot Loxas on Feb. 14 after police were called to his house. He was unarmed and holding his 7-month-old grandson in his doorway when Peters shot him in the head.

The shooting was the officer's seventh since 2002. He has since retired with an accidental disability pension of $4,547 per month, according to the city.

Another firm is defending the city and other officials under a contract worth up to $50,000.

The suit was filed on Sept. 24 and claims, among other things, that city officials failed to adequately investigate the previous shootings. It alleges that the city and Police Chief Alan Rodbell didn't establish adequate policies to protect against the "unreasonable use of force by its officers."

The suit seeks unspecified damages against Peters, the city, Rodbell and Detective Brian McWilliams.

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