A similar case to the one in Ferguson, MO. just happened recently. An unarmed youth was shot and killed by a police officer. The victim, 20-year-old Dillon Taylor, whom family and friends say was unarmed at the time of the shooting, was shot and killed by a police officer in Salt Lake City, UT.
The Washington Times article titled ‘Not white’ Salt Lake officer ‘justified’ in shooting of unarmed youth, reported that the Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said at a press conference that Officer Bron Cruz was cleared of wrongdoing because the investigation showed that he “believed” 20-year-old Dillon Taylor had a firearm and was prepared to use it.
“As events unfolded, Officer Cruz’s belief that Dillon Taylor was armed with a gun and intended to use it against the officers was reinforced by Dillon’s actions and the actions of others,” said a statement from Mr. Gill.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill gave this detailed explanation at a press conference on Sept. 30, 2014 as to his decision. In the video you can see his step by step explanation of the event. (Watch video)
According to FOX13, police were called to the scene at a convenience store just after 7 p.m. Aug. 11 after receiving a 911 call about a man allegedly waving a gun in the air.
When police arrived they spotted the suspect, Taylor, leaving the gas station with two other individuals, his cousin and brother. Sgt. Darin Sweeten said the officers demanded Taylor and the two others surrender.
Taylor did not follow orders; he kept walking when they confronted him. Officers said Taylor reached toward his waist before they fatally shot him.
Taylor was wanted for a felony arrest warrant at the time of the shooting.
The three Salt Lake City Police officers involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.
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