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Family Of Man Killed In City Limits 911 Case Suffers Legal Blow

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A photo of Jimma Reat, left, and the scene of the crime (credit: CBS)

A photo of Jimma Reat, left, and the scene of the crime (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4) – The family of a man shot to death after a controversial 911 call last year has suffered a legal blow.

A federal magistrate is recommending dismissing civil rights claims in a lawsuit filed by the family of Jimma Reat.

Reat was shot and killed in Denver after a 911 operator told him to return to the scene of a crime, despite the fact that Reat and the people he was with had moved outside of the city limits at the time of the call and into Wheat Ridge.

The judge ruled that the operator’s actions did play a role in the death, but said there was not enough evidence that the operator’s actions violated the constitution.

The family could still take action in state court.

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