Utah police shooting video released


A gang member was shot after he tried to stab a witness with a pen. Almost 4 years later, the footage has been released to the public.

Angliau, a member of the Tongan Crips gang, is seen grabbing a pen and rushing another gang member who was testifying against him.

"Whoa, whoa, whoa", someone yells as the witness, another gang member who is shackled and chained, manages to retreat into a corner of the courtroom. Angilau grabbed a pen from a table and lunged at the witness.

The video then shows a deputy US Marshal, identified in court documents as Jane Doe, pull her gun from its holster and rapidly fire four shots at Angilau.

Local and national news outlets have spent years fighting to get footage of the shooting publically released, but the USA department of Justice has pushed back, saying the TCG could retaliate in an attempt at revenge.

The footage taken in 2014 was released after a lawsuit brought by Angilau's family was dismissed.

The unidentified US marshal was cleared of any wrongdoing shortly after the shooting.

"The video completely contradicts plaintiffs' argument that Angilau stopped posing a danger within less than one second of launching himself over the witness stand while making a stabbing motion with a pen in hand", Dowdell wrote in the verdict, Deseret News reported.

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"Drop the pen. Drop the pen out of your hand", yelled an officer standing over Angilau. He points out that Angilau was already down on the ground for the final three shots and that a courtroom full of officers could have stopped him to stop him before he harmed anyone with the pen.

The FBI also found the shooting to be justified.

"There was no need to use deadly force", Sykes said.

Sykes said the Angilau family hasn't decided if they'll appeal the ruling throwing out the wrongful death lawsuit.

Officials at the Department of Justice wanted the video kept under seal over concerns it could lead to retaliatory gang violence. As he was on the floor, he was shot four times (in quick succession) by a nearby police marshal.

He was in court after being one of 17 people named in a 29-count racketeering indictment that accused gang members of conspiracy, assault, robbery and weapons offences.

Faces of nearly all the people present inside the courtroom at the time, including the judge is blurred in the video.

The news outlets that pursued release of the video include The Salt Lake Tribune, print and broadcast outlets from Salt Lake City, the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and The Associated Press.