Family of N. Cheyenne man shot dead by BIA cops sues federal government (copy)

The family of a Northern Cheyenne man shot dead by Bureau of Indian Affairs police in December 2021 is suing the federal government.

On a dark evening in Lame Deer, police shot 29-year-old Arlin Bordeaux three times, twice in his shoulder and once near his heart. Just before being shot, Bordeaux had been stunned, handcuffed, pepper-sprayed and possibly struck on the head by police, according to the wrongful death suit.

The BIA police officers “acted with deliberate indifference to the substantial risk of serious harm to Arlin Bordeaux,” the lawsuit states. The actions of the BIA police “shock the conscience and offend the community’s sense of fair play and decency.”

Bordeaux’s estate is being represented by former District Judge Gregory Todd, who retired from the bench about a year ago.

On Dec. 3, 2021, Bordeaux was visiting his uncle in Lame Deer. He walked from his uncle’s house to a nearby home owned by a mother and daughter. Because it was dark, the pair didn’t recognize Bordeaux or ask who he was and called police.

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