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DOJ seeks dismissal from tribe's lawsuit

Posted: 7:19 AM, Sep 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-12 10:19:31-04
DOJ seeks dismissal from tribe's lawsuit

Attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department want a federal judge to drop a lawsuit that faulted the office for not prosecuting an Arizona police officer in a Navajo woman's death.

The Navajo Nation sued the federal government and the city of Winslow in March on behalf of Loreal Tsingine's daughter.
    
Authorities say Tsingine posed a threat to now former Winslow police Officer Austin Shipley when he killed her in March 2016.
    
Navajo officials say he should have used non-lethal force. The tribe alleged violations of her equal protection rights in its claim against the Justice Department.
    
The department has said it couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Shipley willfully used excessive force.
    
It asked a judge this week to dismiss the federal defendants, saying they're immune from lawsuits.