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Lawsuit alleging racial bias in police shooting moved

August 7, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A lawsuit filed in the death of a black man shot after he ran from Salt Lake City police has been moved to federal court.

The Deseret News reports the change was made Monday in the case filed in the 2017 death of 50-year-old Patrick Harmon.

His family says the shooting reflects a pattern of racial bias and use of excessive force.

Police have said Harmon was killed by Officer Clinton Fox after Harmon threated to cut him and two other officers while holding a knife. He was initially stopped after authorities say he rode his bicycle across three lanes of traffic.

His family, though, says video footage shows no knife.

The Salt Lake County District Attorney and police civilian review board has found Fox was legally justified.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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