Why cops were allowed to shoot and kill unarmed teen without a warrant

Police officers in Texas were given permission to kill an unarmed 18-year-old teen without justification, even as the teen’s family said he was in handcuffs and in a state of disorientation when he was shot dead.

The shooting of William Michael Brown by a Dallas police officer was the latest in a string of controversial police killings in the United States.

A judge ruled on Thursday that Brown’s family was entitled to damages after they alleged officers killed him.

The Dallas Morning News reported that Brown, who was black, was stopped at a red light in a neighborhood in the Dallas suburb of McKinney, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of the Texas capital.

The officer who shot Brown had a history of using excessive force and had been involved in several other shootings, including the fatal shooting of another teen, the newspaper reported.

The judge ruled that Brown had no reasonable fear of imminent death and that the officer should have known that Brown was armed.

The city’s police chief has been suspended without pay and his police union is suing the city.

A Texas judge ruled last month that Brown could be killed in the same manner as a white man killed by police in New York City.