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Family of Black man fatally shot by Northern California police officer files civil rights lawsuit

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The family of a 32-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by a Northern California police officer last month has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the town and police officers after video which captured a part of the shooting emerged.

A video released Tuesday by family attorney shows the last seconds of the encounter between Tyrell Wilson and a Danville, California, police officer on March 11.

Hall ordered Wilson to drop the knife several times, but Wilson "advanced toward the officer, who discharged his weapon striking the subject once," the police department said.

Lee Housekeeper, a spokesperson for Burris, told CNN that the attorney's office was in the process of filing the lawsuit last month when it found multiple eyewitnesses to the shooting who offered new information, including the video.

Rains said he believes the Contra Costa County District Attorney "will no doubt carefully weigh the facts of this case, including video evidence Mr. Burris has not seen, and existing law, which authorizes peace officers to use lethal force when a suspect poses an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury, and find no basis to charge a crime. "

Scott Alonso, public information officer for the Contra Costa County District Attorney's office, said investigators are reviewing the incident and will later decide on whether criminal charges are warranted.

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