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Virginia City Settles Suit for $1.1M after Cop Kills Teen

Aaron Brown, an Alexandria, Virginia teenager, was shot to death in the parking lot of an International House of Pancakes (IHOP) by an Alexandria cop named Carl Stowe on February 25, 2006. Stowe shot at 18-year-old Brown's vehicle to prevent him from leaving the IHOP without paying for his meal, fatally wounding Brown. The city later settled the resulting lawsuit with the Brown family for $1,100,000.

The Brown family is using the settlement money to fund a "Guitars Not Guns" program which teaches music to underprivileged kids, in an attempt to honor their deceased son. City manager, Jim Hartman, said city police instituted a new policy prohibiting shooting at moving vehicles as a result of the incident. Hartman said he hoped this would keep similar incidents from happening again. See: (2007).

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