Vigil for teen killed while fleeing police turns to protest

Aug 31, 2017

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Police were forced to temporarily close a street as a crowd protested the death of a teenager who crashed an all-terrain vehicle after a state trooper shocked him with a Taser. The Wednesday night protest began as a vigil for 15-year-old Damon Grimes at the east side intersection where the crash occurred. More than 200 people initially gathered along Gratiot Avenue. Some shouted obscenities at police. No arrests were made and no one was ticketed. 

State police have said troopers tried to stop the ATV Saturday for reckless driving but the driver refused. They said he tried to drive off the road, before crashing into a pickup truck. Prosecutors are investigating the case. The trooper has been suspended.

A $50 million civil lawsuit has been filed against the trooper.