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$15M lawsuit filed in Walnut Creek police shooting

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
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The family of a Walnut Creek man shot to death by police last month is now suing the city for $15 million.

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting the civil rights lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, names the city of Walnut Creek and four unidentified officers.

Walnut Creek Police Chief Joel Bryden is defending the actions of his officers, who shot and killed 22-year-old hair stylist Anthony Banta two days after Christmas. According to Chief Bryden -- Banta was armed with a kitchen knife when he charged at officers.


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