Tribe sues over death of Navajo woman shot by police officer

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WINDOW ROCK, AZ (AP) -

The Navajo Nation has sued the federal government and Winslow over the death of a tribal member shot by a police officer for the northern Arizona city.

The tribe filed its lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court on behalf of Loreal Tsingine's (SIN'-uh-jin-ee) daughter.

[RELATED: Navajo Nation 'rejects' DOJ move not to prosecute ex-officer]

Authorities say the 27-year-old Tsingine had posed a threat to a now-former Winslow officer when she was shot five times on a sidewalk two years ago.

[RELATED: Reports show concerns about officer in fatal Winslow shooting]

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office cleared the officer in the shooting. The U.S. Department of Justice reviewed the case but said it couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt the officer willfully used excessive force.

The lawsuit alleges violations of civil and constitutional rights and seeks unspecified damages.

[RELATED:  PD: Woman shot by police in Winslow was reportedly armed with scissors]

The Justice Department and the city declined to comment Wednesday.

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