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Sweden acquits officers in disabled man’s fatal shooting

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish court has acquitted three police officers in the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man with Down Syndrome who waved a toy gun. The Stockholm District Court on Thursday found the officer who fired the shot that killed Eric Torell fatal shot not guilty of causing another person's death and a second officer not guilty of misconduct because they acted in “an imagined emergency situation.”

The court also acquitted their commanding officer of misconduct on Thursday, saying it could not be proven the officer had “failed to act properly.” Torell was holding a plastic toy resembling a submachine gun when he was shot dead in August 2018. Three of 25 shots fired struck Torell, who also was autistic and struggled to communicate.

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