http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2007/nov/07/7west/ West Memphis police officer Erik Sammis did not violate 12-year-old DeAuntae Farrows civil rights when he killed the child on June 22, the Department of Justice has concluded. After careful consideration, we concluded that the evidence does not establish a prosecutable violation of the federal criminal civil rights statutes, Mark J. Kappelhoff, chief of the Criminal Section of the departments Civil Rights Division, wrote in a letter dated Oct. 31. Sammis shot DeAuntae when the boy and a friend ran by Sammis and another officer, Jimmy Ellis, who were on a stakeout at an apartment complex. Police have said Sammis fired when it appeared DeAuntae was holding a weapon and moved after officers told them to stop. Police said it turned out to be a toy gun that was taken into evidence. Police Chief Robert Paudert showed a reporter a photograph of it this afternoon. Arkansas State Police also investigated the shooting; their conclusions, if they have reached any, have not been made public. The state police will not take the Justice Department decision into account in making its determination, Paudert said.