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Last Wednesday, a 22-year-old African American man was shot to death by police in Utah. Police say that they
shot the man because he lunged at them with a sword. However, according to a lawyer representing the young man's relatives, a private autopsy has shown that the deceased man was shot six times from behind. Allegedly, not a single bullet wound could be found on the front of the man's body. Nevertheless, this autopsy was commissioned by the young man's family and local authorities have yet to release the results of their autopsy.

The incident occurred in Saratoga Springs, Utah, which is about 30 miles outside of Salt Lake City, and a predominantly white community. Police allegedly shot the man after they arrived on scene to investigate complaints of an individual carrying a samurai sword. The Utah County Attorney's Office, which is now conducting an investigation into the incident, has concurred that the man lunged in the direction of officers and he was shot. The County Attorney's Office does not believe that race played a factor in the shooting death.

Mother Disagrees with Police About What Happened

Saratoga Springs has approximately 22,000 residents, and 90 percent of them are white. The man's mother told a local newspaper that she believed the officers killed her son due to his race. She claims that the sword her son was wielding was only for show and that its blade was dull and rounded. Meanwhile, the local police posted a statement to the effect that the media was being sensationalistic about the event and just wanted ratings. Later, the department apologized for making that comment.

Police Brutality Is a Growing Problem in America

Police brutality and the use of excessive, unnecessary and sometimes fatal force is a growing problem in the United States. Those who are injured by police officers during an arrest, or the family members of those who are killed by police, may wish to conduct an investigation into the incident that extends beyond the official police reports. By speaking with eyewitnesses and analyzing available evidence, injured individuals can evaluate the strength of a personal injury or wrongful death claim relating to the event.