Supreme Court denies appeal in fatal 2011 police raid


The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal brought by the family of a 69-year-old Hampton man who was shot and killed by police in his own home seven years ago.

That brings to a close the litigation involving the death of William A. “Bootsie” Cooper, whose family contended Hampton police acted improperly in the lead-up to the 2011 raid that left him dead.

By sheer numbers alone, it was always a long shot for the nation’s highest court to take up the case. The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear fewer than 100 cases annually, out of more than 7,000 petitions typically filed across the country.

Joseph J. Stellute, the Hampton attorney who spearheaded the lawsuit, said he knew getting the Supreme Court to hear the case would be difficult. But he wanted to try anyway for Cooper, a friend since the two were teenagers.

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