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April 28, 2015

Brandon Tate-Brown's mother files lawsuit against Philly police

Tanya Brown-Dickerson filed a class-action lawsuit on Monday for all citizens abused by Philadelphia police, reports

Brown-Dickerson is the mother of Brandon Tate-Brown, who died after he was shot by police during a traffic stop in December. Police said that Tate-Brown had reached for a loaded gun.

District Attorney Seth Williams did not pursue charges against the two officers involved in the incident. Their names were withheld. Williams called the incident a terrible tragedy but not a crime, citing evidence acquired in the case. 

The lawsuit calls for reforms based on a report by the U.S. Justice Department, which noted "serious deficiencies" in the Philadelphia Police Department regarding its use of violence. 

Brown-Dickerson's attorney, Brian Mildenberg, told that he hoped the lawsuit would push the release of the names of the officers involved and promote transparency in the department.