Rhode Island Grand Jury Finds Deadly Highway Shooting Justified

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office says a grand jury has found a deadly shooting by police on a busy Providence highway "lawful and legally justified."

Kilmartin's office on Friday released the findings of the Providence County grand jury in the Nov. 9 shooting.

The incident began with a high-speed chase prompted by the theft of a state police cruiser and ended with nine officers from Providence and state police shooting more than 40 rounds into a pickup truck after it rammed a car.

The truck's 32-year-old driver, Joseph Santos, was killed. He was not the man who stole the cruiser.

A passenger was seriously injured.

Civil liberties advocates have raised questions about whether police followed proper procedures for high-speed chases and use of force.

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