U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Take Fong Lee Case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court won’t take up the case of a family that claimed a Minneapolis police officer used excessive force when he shot a fleeing teenager eight times.

In 2009, a federal jury decided against the survivors of 19-year-old Fong Lee, saying that Officer Jason Anderson did not use excessive force in the 2006 shooting. A federal appeals court upheld the jury’s verdict last August.

But the family requested that the U.S. Supreme Court review the case. According to a filing made public Friday, the higher court denied that request, meaning the lower court decision will stand.

Lee’s family had claimed the teen was unarmed and that Anderson planted a gun near his body. But Anderson and a state trooper testified Lee had a gun and wouldn’t drop it.

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  • keasha nenovich

    yeah, but to shoot the guy 8 times is a little inhumane??? if he was shooting back, yes, but shoot the kid once in the leg, and i guarantee he would have dropped it, and im sure stopped running! another reason the law has such a bad rep.

    • fred

      You have watched too many movies

      • keasha nenovich

        AND HOW??? i dont watch movies at all really…

    • John

      The police and anyone else who handles gun are never taught to shoot to wound. If the decision is made to fire, your are taught to shoot to Kill. You just do not shoot a gun out of someones hand or shoot them in the leg. A wounded criminal can still kill you or someone else.

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  • b

    Racism, of course.

  • Angela

    I hate how people scream racism anytime a minority is “wronged.” It’s not always racism. Sometimes, it’s just plain stupidity!

  • Allah

    I see more Hmoung protest’s in the future! The Federal Court, Appleals Court, and the Supreme Court are all wrong and rasist! I am so tired of Americans bring various cultures over here to watch them cost me more and more and more money! Enough! Millions of Americans are out of work and suffering! Its time to to as England! Shut down immigration and begin to pull Alien and Work Visa status….and hey…lets shut down the border while we are at it!

  • Kevin

    No gang ties? Really? Could not tell by that picture. Shouldnt they have released a less “Gangsta” picutre? You know….something like a picture of him holding a kitten or of him helping an elderly woman crossing the street? My life long moto has kept me alive…..do not run from the police….do not get shot by the police…..see I am a hard working American who has never placed myself in a situation that would bring the need to run from a police officer………silly me…..

    • Tou

      I totally agree with you because what looks like a duck and quack like a duck is probably a DUCK.

  • Burning Thunder

    i hope that guy was ready to die…

  • Pennie

    I agree with Kevin. I just have a hard time believing this Fong Le had no Gang ties. The picture makes him look like a worthless thug. If he didn’t do anything wrong then why was he running?

  • Julie

    Eight shots, I think it was more like an assassination , Billy, I think your right.

  • markH

    Because there were no gang ties discovered in an investigation does not mean that this person was not affiliated with a gang, or at the very least, led a life which glamorized that life. Regardless, running from the police is unwise for several reasons-getting shot eight times is just the most obvious one.

  • April

    I am really sick of people blaming cops and law enforcement when something like this happens. Um, hello, he was BREAKING THE LAW and carrying a gun, refusing to drop it when told to, and doing God knows what else. What did he expect would happen? Seriously. Maybe if this moron would have followed the law in the first place, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Would we all be showing sympathy for this man if he killed or shot the police officer or a member of your family with his gun he no doubt though made him some super tough person? Let’s go back to basics. Don’t break the law and you won’t have to pay the consequences for your dumb actions.

    • MIKE

      please do more research next time.

    • Lem

      Breaking the law, how? By riding around on his bike? Carrying a gun and refusing to drop it? How do you know? Were you there? You must’ve been standing on the sidelines to know that he had a gun. You must be little MISS PERFECT then huh? Never broke a law before have you? Never got a speeding ticket? J-walked? Parking ticket? Gee golly the world needs more upstanding citzens like you who can never do any wrong. You must be white and have family in law enforcement.

  • April

    Oh, and the racism comments…SERIOUSLY? Yea, they shot him cause he was Hmong, and not because he had a gun himself and was running from police.

    • Mike

      April- 8 times, 8 times? uhmm leave us to wounder. thats more then he needed to fire. Coward ass police. This police if you research got fire 2 times. So do more research.

  • HmongWiseman

    To all my fellow Hmong brothers maybe next time if we decide to run from the cops make sure that we are well armed and dangerous. Make sure that we shoot to kill, and go all out making it worth dying for. Its payback time for these Nazi. The white community don’t see anything wrong killing a minority, maybe we need to stop peace talking and let the battle begin.

  • Ignorance must be bliss

    Wiseman – 1st of all you just showed that you are not educated enough to speak in an editorial page. Nazi???? What???? You must not know who Nazi’s are if you are going to say all white people are Nazi’s as they killed over 6 million Jews alone. Next, what peace talks are you speaking of? If you are in this country it is not like we are negotiating with you, you have to live by the same rules as the rest of us. You said it yourself as “the next time we run from the cops” as you are planning on doing this. Well take a good look at this story again because this could be a good bet on your fate. Might want to think about your comments before putting them some place that is going to be publicly viewed. A saying comes to mind “It is better to be thought of as an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt”. Think about it.

  • HmongWiseman

    OK Mr. Knows it all what do you know that I don’t? Maybe you should read my comment a little bit more carefully. It was not addressing you particularly unless your a Nazi. See how a pea brain you are. Watch the youtube video maybe you can learn something about it.

  • Ignorance must be bliss

    Well, when you make a statement like you did that implies that all whites are Nazi’s. If you do not see that maybe I am not the 1 that needs to read things closer. As far as the youtube comment, what does that even mean? If you are trying to make fun of me for something you have a long road ahead of you because I was simply pointing out the irony of you saying that this had racist tones to why the man was shot in the 1st place and then you go ahead and call people Nazi’s (yes that is correct, there is an S at the end of Nazi if you are talking about more than 1). So if you cannot see the irony that I am pointing out there is no need to continue this as I must not be talking to someone who understands the language.

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