Parents sue Tallahassee over drug sting death

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.(AP) - The parents of a woman killed during a drug sting gone wrong are suing the city of Tallahassee.

A 14-page lawsuit filed Tuesday in state court alleges police were negligent in recruiting 23-year-old Rachel Hoffman for the operation last May. An investigator was fired and four other Tallahassee officers were suspended two weeks without pay for their roles in the fiasco.

Hoffman had been arrested for using and selling marijuana and ecstasy, and police said she could avoid prison time by acting as an informant. Hoffman's body was found two days after trying to buy drugs and a gun from suspected dealers in a purchase set up by police.

Two men are in jail awaiting trial on charges of killing her.

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