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Jacksonville cops sued after firing 42 times at carjacked mom, kids

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A mother who was shot along with her two-year-old son when they were carjacked at a drive-through restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida, has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the police.

The lawsuit alleges that the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has a “widespread practice” of unjustified shootings, reports the Florida Times-Union.

JoAnn Cooper, along with her daughter, seven-year-old Alexis, and her son, two-year-old Daniel Crichton, were at a Wendy’s drive-through when they were carjacked in March.
 According to the lawsuit (PDF, via WJXT), Jeremiah Mathis, who police say had just robbed a nearby Wachovia branch, jumped into Cooper’s car. Cooper managed to knock a gun out of Mathis’ hands before police officers opened fire on the car.

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