Church Sues Rockford Police Department for Emotional Distress

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Jury selection is to begin Monday as the city of Rockford faces a lawsuit from a church where police shot and killed an unarmed black man in 2009.

Kingdom Authority International Ministries Church is seeking compensation for emotional distress suffered by children and day care operators who were present when Mark Anthony Barmore was killed. The church also claims it lost revenue after the shooting.

The Rev. Melvin Brown tells the Rockford Register Star ( ) that about 150 children were enrolled at the day care when the shooting occurred, compared with 50 children today.

As many as 45 witnesses are expected to testify during the trial at the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center. The trial is expected to last one to three weeks.

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