COLUMBUS, Miss. — A federal judge says she won’t put off a former Columbus police officer’s challenge to his dismissal until after he’s tried on a manslaughter charge in an October shooting death.
Canyon Boykin’s civil lawsuit claims he shot Ricky Bell in self-defense, and was fired only because he’s white and shot a black man.
The city and Boykin’s attorneys had agreed to put off the civil suit, but Judge Sharion Aycock denied the request Thursday, WCBI-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2cg8sFG ).
“She’s a judge,” defense attorney Jim Waide told the Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2d3Uqgg ). “She can handle it whatever way she wants to handle it.”
A conference in the lawsuit is scheduled Monday.
Boykin was indicted Sept. 7 and pleaded not guilty two days later. His lawyers asked for a delay in the lawsuit to concentrate on the criminal case.
Ball was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped late Oct. 16. He was shot after bolting out and running. Police say marijuana and a gun reported stolen from a police officer’s home were on his body.
Neither Boykin nor the two police officers he was with turned on their body cameras before or during the incident.
When the city council fired him two weeks later, it said Boykin had an unauthorized passenger in his patrol car the night of the shooting and violated the city’s social media policy by making derogatory posts about African Americans, women and disabled people after the incident.
Boykin’s lawsuit said he shot Ball only after Ball pointed a gun at him.