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The family of an aspiring rapper who was shot and killed by police Nov. 13 filed a wrongful-death suit Wednesday, saying the man was unarmed and posed no threat when officers opened fire.

Attorney Andre Grant said the shooting death of Freddie "Latee" Wilson, 34, was unprovoked and highlights a pattern of police misconduct in minority and low-income neighborhoods across the city.

Police officials have said the shooting took place during a traffic stop in the Austin neighborhood, but Grant said several neighbors and witnesses reported that Wilson was walking to his car in ... Read more

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Autauga County coroner Billy Brown was arrested Friday on ethics and theft charges, Attorney General Troy King announced.

King said the charges stem from the county jail fund when Brown was a sheriff's deputy. Willie Mack Brown III, known as Billy Brown, is a Millbrook police officer as well as coroner.

Brown surrendered Friday at the Autauga County Sheriff's Office and could not be reached immediately for comment. He was released on $2,000 bond. Coroner duties were turned over to the assistant coroner.

The attorney general's office presented evidence to an Autauga County grand jury, which indicted Brown on Wednesday. According to the indictment, more than $2,500 was taken from the sheriff's office through spending unrelated to jail operations.

Brown is accused of using his position as a deputy for personal gain for himself or family members by taking unauthorized control of money from the jail fund.

A conviction could bring two to 20 years in prison and a fine of $10,000 for each of the two felony counts.

Brown previously was cited for improper spending by the Examiners of Public Accounts in a special report issued March 16 on the Autauga County Metro Jail Fund. The report covered a period from Sept. 1, 2004 through Aug. 28, 2006.

The audit report noted charges against Brown totaling $27,981, resulting from unallowable disbursements made from the Metro Jail Fund. The report said funds were spent on alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, grocery items, cellular phones, clothing, jewelry, gasoline, gift cards, equipment and building supplies.

Brown repaid $3,616, the AG's office said.

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