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Citizens rally in Uniontown to protest police killings
02/17/2003
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Uniontown, Fayette County, to protest the police killing of 12 year old Michael Ellerbe and the handling of the case by authorities afterward.

Ellerbe was shot by a state trooper after stealing an SUV and leading the trooper and his partner on a chase on Christmas Eve. When the twelve-year-old crashed the vehicle and fled on foot, the troopers pursued. One trooper fell and his gun discharged, and the other, allegedly thinking the boy had fired the gun, shot and killed the boy. Ellerbe was unarmed.

Relatives of the slain boy, along with hundreds of community members and activists, spoke out against the way the case was handled, accusing state police of a cover-up. The trooper who fired the fatal shots is not being charged.

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