Racial-bias video may be shown to jury weighing police shooting of black man in Fife

Jurors will decide whether the police departments for Lakewood and Fife acted within their policies when a SWAT team shot and killed a drunken and despondent man as he held his 4-year-old son during a standoff.

Prospective jurors in a federal civil-rights trial over the deadly shooting of an unarmed African-American man in Fife may be allowed to see a court video about unconscious racial bias, a judge ruled Wednesday, overturning an earlier decision to grant an objection to the video by lawyers for the officers involved.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein also clarified an earlier order to say that evidence of racism will be allowed into the trial, if it exists.

Rothstein gave lawyers for the family of Leonard Thomas until Thursday to respond to the police objections to the video.

The 10-minute video, which has been shown to all prospective…

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