Walgreens Security Guard Targeted Victim for Being Black and Gay, Lawsuit Claims

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The family of a man who was shot and killed by a Walgreens security guard after being suspected of shoplifting believes he was targeted for being Black and gay. The family of Jonathan Hart have filed a wrongful death lawsuit.  

The lawsuit, which was filed with the Los Angeles County Superior Court on April 26 by Hart’s twin sister Psykyssyanna, claims the 21-year-old was “maliciously, wrongfully, intentionally, negligently and/or carelessly” shot and killed in December 2018 by Donald Vincent Ciota II, NBC News reported.

Ciota, 28, confronted Hart inside a Hollywood Walgreens after he suspected the 21-year-old was stealing. Prosecutors said that the two engaged in a physical altercation, which allegedly led Ciota to pull out a gun and shoot Hart as he ran away.

The lawsuit contends that Hart was not shoplifting and instead was targeted by Ciota because of his race and…

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