Mother given time to find new attorney in lawsuit against Pittsburgh, police

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A federal judge today put an indefinite hold on a lawsuit by the mother of a man who was shot and killed by Pittsburgh police in 2011.

Evelyn Marie C. Reese sued the city a year ago, claiming that police violated the rights of her son, Lawrence A. Jones Jr., 24, when they shot him after a Knoxville traffic stop.

Police said at the time that Mr. Jones was stopped because he was blaring music, would not show his hands, appeared to have a gun and tried to drive away. His attorneys said he was unarmed.

Those attorneys, Timothy P. O'Brien and J. Kerrington Lewis, wrote in a motion last month that they had "irreconcilable differences" with Ms. Reese. U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Reed Eddy closed the case without prejudice, giving Ms. Reese 60 days to find a new attorney.


Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 or Twitter @richelord

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