Jan 2, 2015 5:41 PM

Family of Utah man killed by police files lawsuit

The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The family of a Utah man killed by police while wielding a samurai sword is suing the officers and the city that employs them.

The federal civil rights lawsuit filed Friday seeks more than $2 million in damages. It says 22-year-old Darrien Hunt wasn't a threat, and two officers fatally shot him after he tripped while running away.

Defense lawyer Heather White says Hunt swung the sword at the officers, and when he ran toward a busy shopping area, police believed he could hurt others. She says he fell after the shots were fired.

His family says Hunt was treated differently because of his race. Hunt was black. The officers are white.

Hunt's family is suing the city of Saratoga Springs and officers Matthew Schauerhamer (SHOWER-hammer) and Nicholas Judson.


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