On February 5, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed a lower court’s denial of immunity to Framingham Police Officer Paul Duncan. Duncan accidentally shot and killed Eurie Stamps–an unarmed, innocent, Black grandfather of 12–as Stamps lay on the floor with his hands up during a 2011 SWAT team raid on his home. 

A broad coalition of groups supported this outcome in a brief filed in the case, Stamps v. Town of Framingham, last fall: the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, the Cato Institute, LatinoJustice, the New England Area Conference of the NAACP, and the National Bar Association.

The SWAT team raided his house on a suspicion that a family member was selling drugs, but officers did not suspect Mr. Stamps of any crime. Five years after his death, Mr. Stamps has missed important family milestones, including the birth of his two great-granddaughters, his grandkids’ college graduations and acceptances to college, and the chance to watch many of his grandkids’ sports events, including his grandson’s competition in the college football national championship as a starting defensive tackle.

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Photo: Eurie Stamps and his wife Norma, several months before Eurie's death during a botched SWAT raid at their Framingham home

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Matthew Segal, Adriana Lafaille (ACLU of Massachusetts); Ezekiel Edwards (ACLU); Ilya Shapiro (Cato Institute); Benjamin Crump (National Bar Association); Juan Cartagena, Jose Perez, LatinoJustice PRLDEF

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