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Published: Sunday, July 7 2013 8:31 p.m. MDT

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toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

I know Native Americans have had a tough time from the government ever since Plymouth Rock. But it seems to me, if tribal members don't want heavy-handed law enforcement, their members shouldn't do the crime. Going 110 mph through a town? That would get any person in trouble, regardless of their race.

The innocent have no reason to flee.

DUPDaze
Bakersfield, CA

Wow, 'nuff said, toosmart. That's a good objective summation...
Except that having a drug-impeded mind can cause all sorts of irrational behavior and reactions.

I'm hoping for the integrity of the police, because this is not shut-and-closed. No gun, left-sided bullet entry by a right-hander, weird handling of body post-mortum... Let's hope the resolution does no further damage to Ute-Gringo relations. We've had our John D. Lee conspiracies thoroughly impugned.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

It seems there is proof the alleged suicide weapon belonged to the driver and friend of the victim. As such, there was definitely a connection, even though the family contended there wasn't.
Also, the driver being pursued was not an official reservation member according this article, which should've made it legal for the police to continue in hot pursuit.
Another interesting twist, the victim's family didn't actually file a lawsuit until over a year after they indicated they might do so, and only did so after finding out the gun (evidence) involved had been destroyed (thru legal channels and process), which obviously made it appear easier to win the case and be awarded a lot of money by a jury.

dwayne
Provo, UT

Tators,

"It seems there is proof the alleged suicide weapon belonged to the driver and friend of the victim. As such, there was definitely a connection, even though the family contended there wasn't."

That isn't proof. One witness claiming he sold a gun to driver doesnt tie the gun to victim. If I offered someone who is poor $20,000 or some other amount to serve a few months in jail (many plead to crimes they don't commit just to save a few hundred dollars) would they say they sold someone a gun?

Since the weapon is no longer available there can be no conclusive proof of its origin or chain of control

"the driver being pursued was not an official reservation member according this article, which should've made it legal for the police to continue in hot pursuit."

Except the police have no jurisdiction on foreign soil. That would be like police saying that someone not being Canadian gives them right to chase someone into Canada. The police didn't have jurisdiction to pursue a suspect on to the reservation. The reverse has been clearly adjudicated (i.e tribal police can't pursue drunk drivers off reservations)

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