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Family of woman fatally shot by Elgin officer files federal lawsuit

ELGIN, Ill. — The family of a woman shot and killed by Elgin police during a bizarre traffic stop has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.

The suit claims the death of Decynthia Clements was unjustified and unconstitutional.

Her family says she didn't have to die at the hands of a police lieutenant from the SWAT team.

Clements, 34, was pulled over March 12 for erratic driving.

She drove away from officers, who pursued her for a short time.

She was later found on the left shoulder of I-90 with two flat tires and damage to the driver's side of the car.

Police tried for an hour to talk her out of the car.

She did not comply and rambled incoherently.

Eventually, she started a fire in the car and police bodycam footage shows them frantically trying to get her to leave the car.

When Clements did emerge, she was holding a knife, and stumbled. That's when she was shot three times.

Elgin police have been transparent, quickly releasing all video and meeting with the family and members of the community.

The city says it hasn't seen the lawsuit and will comment once it is reviewed.

Officials ask for patience while Illinois State Police and the Cook County State's Attorney's Office investigate.