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Teen shot by police during traffic stop

The deadly traffic stop at the center of a federal civil rights lawsuit was captured on camera.

But the video doesn’t tell the whole story.

Deven Guilford was shot seven times by a Michigan sheriff’s sergeant in February after the 17-year-old attacked the officer on the side of a snowy highway, according to a report from the Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

The officer, Eaton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jonathan Frost, was cleared by the county prosecutor in June after an investigation into the teen’s shooting death.

In the federal complaint, filed Wednesday, Guilford’s family said their son should never have even been pulled over.

“There really wasn’t anything that the cop didn’t do wrong,” said Hugh Davis, the attorney for Gilford’s family.

The victim’s family is seeking damages and a trial by jury, the suit says.

The family wants justice for their son, and also see an opportunity to bring “awareness of how things really are” when it comes to law enforcement and excessive force, Davies said.

For Guilford’s family, “it’s a permanent cloud over the sun and every day is a cloudy day,” Davis said.

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