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SEVIERS TO DECIDE SOON WHETHER TO FILE LAWSUIT

August 8, 1992

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A Lawrence attorney said today that a decision whether to file a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of a Lawrence family whose son was killed by Lawrence police probably would be made by next week.

"I'll be meeting with them (the family) here the first of the week," said attorney Lance Burr, who is representing the family of Gregory Sevier. "We'll probably have our decision made this coming week."

Sevier was shot on April 21, 1991, by two police officers who had gone to the family's home at the request of the man's parents. A coroner's jury later ruled the shooting was justifiable.

On Tuesday, Lawrence city commissioners denied a $3 million claim the Seviers filed in June agaist the city and three police officers. The denial paves the way for the family to file a federal lawsuit.

"They're more concerned about justice and saving people from tragedy in the future," Burr said. "I think they feel and I feel, no real positive action has been taken to make sure nothing like this happens again in the future."

The family has until April 21, 1993, to file in federal court.

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