The Salt Lake City authorities have recently decided to unseal the footage of the 2014 court shooting of a 25-year-old gang member. For safety reasons, the authorities blurred the faces of prosecutors, judge, and the US Marshall who killed the man. The family still intends to file a wrongful-death lawsuit despite the court declaring that the video proves otherwise.
Family’s Attorney Said the Suspect in Court Shooting Could Have Been Subdued with Non-Lethal Means
In 2014, during the trial of 25-year-old Siale Angilau, member of the ill-reputed Tongan Crip gang, involved in robberies, armed assaults, and conspiracy, was standing next to his attorney, when the judge called for an individual to take the witness’s stand.
The recently released video shows Angilau casually taking a pen from his attorney’s pocket, rising from his seat and running towards the man in the witnesses stand. According to court records, when Angilau reached the stand he tried lunging towards the individual behind the stand in an attempt to stop him.
The man dodged, making Angilau fall over the desk. At this point, the 24-second-long reveals an U.S. Marshall, identified only as Jane Doe, cocking her gun and point it towards the suspect who was still holding the pen in his hand.
Seconds later, four distinct gunshots can be heard, while several people scream in horror and the prosecutor hiding under the table. At the end of the video, the US Marshall can be seen standing over the suspect, gun in hand, telling Angilau to drop the pen.
The man was later declared dead on the scene and the tape with the court shooting was sealed, the authorities fearing retaliation from Angilau’s friends.
On Friday, the man’s family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit, affirming that the US Marshall used excessive force to subdue the suspect.
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