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Mother Of Teen Killed In Police Shooting Sues For $10 Million

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The mother of a teenage girl shot and killed by a police officer back in 2011 is suing the city of Lansing for $10 million.

When then Derrinesha Clay, 17, tried robbing a bank, a Lansing police officer shot and killed her.

The attorney representing Mary Rush, Derrinesha's mother, said the family tried to file a lawsuit with another lawyer soon after her death, but a judge dismissed the case. This time, they're suing both the city and the officer who pulled the trigger for damages.

Police maintain the killing was justified, saying Derrinesha attacked Officer Brian Rendon with a knife. Officials tried to restrain her to the ground when she pulled out a steak knife from her jacket and began swiping at officers.

"She had surrendered to officers--she was on her knees--and she was shot at point blank range in the head and killed. The circumstances to suggest the killing was justifiable are questionable in our mind. And if the system works my client will be compensated adequately for the injuries," said Herbert Sanders, the family's attorney.

The Ingham County Prosecutor chose not to file criminal charges against Officer Rendon in March 2011. They believed evidence showed the killing was justified.

**Both LPD and the city attorney declined to comment on camera due to the pending lawsuit.**

More from 6 News:

(June 2011) - Update: Lansing Police Officer Cleared In Fatal Shooting

(September 2011) - Parents of Teen Killed in Police Shooting Speak Out

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