Mount Vernon, police department face suit over woman shot by officer

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MOUNT VERNON -

The city of Mount Vernon and its police department are facing a federal lawsuit from a woman who was shot by an officer last February.

Shakira Dawson tells News 12 that she was a passenger in a car being pursued into the Bronx by Mount Vernon police when officers opened fire. She says she did nothing wrong and that police had no warrant nor probable cause to detain her.

The civil lawsuit is for an unspecified amount of money that lawmakers believe could potentially bankrupt the city.

"The lawsuit basically scares me a little because this lawsuit, it's damaging and I am afraid of what it could turn out to be if we lose this case," Mount Vernon City Council Member Andre Wallace says.  

The district attorney, mayor's office and police department did not comment. However, Wallace tells News 12 he believes this is not a good situation for the city to be in.

The police officers involved are allegedly the subjects of an ongoing criminal investigation by the Bronx district attorney.

Dawson's lawyer confirmed to News 12 that she testified before a grand jury last month.

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