Family of man killed by St. Paul police sues department

Family and friends of Marcus Golden
Blake Golden, center, brother of Marcus Golden who was killed by St. Paul police in 2015, is surrounded by people at the state Capitol in St. Paul as they participate in the #ReclaimMLK march in January 2015.
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Updated: Jan. 13, 4:30 p.m. | Posted: Jan. 12, 7:25 p.m.

The family of a man killed by St. Paul police six years ago is suing the department.

Marcus Golden, a 24-year-old African American man, was shot and killed outside a St. Paul apartment building on Jan. 14, 2015.

Golden's aunt, Monique Cullars-Doty, his mother Ericka Cullars-Golden, and grandmother Pauline Cullars filed their federal lawsuit just before the statute of limitations was set to expire. They allege officers Jeremy Doverspike and Dan Peck used excessive force in violation of Golden's constitutional rights.

The family is seeking monetary damages.

Police said Golden had been sending threatening messages to an ex-girlfriend, and drove at officers at high speed when they approached him.

Four months after the incident, a grand jury concluded that the shooting was justified and declined to charge the officers.

In a statement Wednesday, St. Paul City Attorney Lyndsey Olson said “the tragic events that occurred in 2015 will forever impact all those involved. As we prepare to respond to this filing, our work supporting the trust between our officers and community continues and remains as vital as ever.”

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