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Charges Dismissed Against Euclid Officer Who Killed Black Motorist

Aug 29, 2017

Matthew Rhodes
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A white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black driver in Euclid won't face charges.  

A grand jury on Tuesday declined to indict officer Matthew Rhodes after hearing evidence from prosecutors with the state attorney general's office. Authorities say Rhodes shot Luke Stewart three times after a struggle to gain control of a moving car March 13 in Euclid. Rhodes was responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle. The jury's decision comes as activists have been criticizing Euclid police for an arrest in which another white officer was caught on video punching a black man more than a dozen times in an August traffic stop.  The shooting and the August arrest have inflamed racial tensions in the city.