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The parents of Nathaniel Pickett, a Black man, have been awarded $33.5 million in a civil rights trial regarding Pickett’s death during an altercation with Kyle Woods, a deputy in the San Bernardino area. Pickett was reportedly mentally ill and had just moved into a hotel, where he was trying to avoid Woods, according to the L.A. Times. The jury found Woods unlawfully detained Pickett and denied him medical care, then used deadly force by shooting the young man in the chest. Pickett reportedly fell and when he tried to move away from Woods, the deputy shot him. Woods claimed he thought Pickett was trespassing on hotel property when he began to pursue him. In a statement after the decision was announced, the sheriff’s office said it disagreed with the decision and would likely appeal the jury’s award.