Family of man who died in custody sues Salt Lake police


originally by: Deseret News
published: 6 September 2012

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the Salt Lake City Police Department by the family of a man who died while in police custody. Allen Keith Nelson, 44, died while in the process of being arrested on June 9.

But the stories being told by each side vastly differ about what happened that night. At the center of the controversy is whether officers used their Tasers on Nelson.

Nelson’s family believes a Taser was deployed on Nelson’s chest, causing him to go into cardiac arrest.

Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank, however, said that while his sympathy goes out to Nelson’s family, he is confident a Taser was not used that night. Every Taser has a computerized system that records each time the weapon is used.

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