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City of Madison asks judge to dismiss wrongful death lawsuit filed by Dana Fletcher’s family

MADISON, Alabama – The city of Madison has filed a petition asking a judge to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the city by Dana Fletcher’s family last month.

Fletcher was shot and killed by a Madison cop in the parking lot of a Planet Fitness on Highway 72 in October 2019. Police said they responded to Planet Fitness for a call from a suspicious man and woman. When they got there, Madison Police said Fletcher pointed a gun at them. An unidentified Madison police officer shot dead Fletcher.

The Madison County District Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting was justified. Body camera footage of the incident has never been made public.

In October, the Fletcher family filed a series of lawsuits against the town of Madison, two years after the date of the shooting. The Fletcher family filed a federal complaint alleging that the Madison Police Department violated Fletcher’s civil rights, had a history of mismanaging situations involving people who were not reasonably suspected of a crime, and had no not properly trained its agents.

Madison City attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit on Tuesday. In the request, they cite 10 grounds for dismissal. The city claims the lawsuit fails to disclose a claim for which relief can effectively be granted. They also characterize the trial as a “hunting plea”, which means that the complaint is excessively long and redundant.

The city of Madison did not respond to News 19’s request for comment on Wednesday. A member of the Fletcher family declined to comment.

The judge has yet to rule on the city’s motion to dismiss.

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