Family of Black man killed by deputies to sue county

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A law firm representing the family of a Black man killed by police in Southwestern Washington announced it has filed a tort claim against Clark County for wrongful death. It asserts that a deputy shot Peterson in the back as he ran away. The Columbian reports the announcement came at a press conference with Kevin Peterson Jr.’s father, mother and girlfriend and extended family present. All said they want justice for Peterson. The family’s lawyer, Mark Lindquist, said he did not yet know how much the family would seek in monetary damages. Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins later Thursday called Peterson’s death “a tragedy” and said their “condolences are with the Peterson family.”