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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Leon Ford, the man who was shot and paralyzed by Pittsburgh Police during a traffic stop several years ago, has decided not to run for City Council.

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Ford announced Tuesday morning that he’s dropping out of the race for the city’s Ninth District.

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Ford said other commitments have become too great, and he should make room for someone else who has the time to devote to the position.

Ford was shot by a police officer in 2012 during a traffic stop. The shooting left Ford paralyzed, and he was awarded $5.5 million by the city to settle a civil rights lawsuit.

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Rev. Ricky Burgess is currently the city councilman for District 9.