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Video: Utah Officer's Shooting of Man Who Hit Him with a Shovel Sparks Protest

January 12, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Utah Officer's Shooting of Man Who Hit Him with a Shovel Sparks Protest

Nearly 200 people gathered outside the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building Saturday afternoon in memory of James Dudley Barker, who was shot and killed last Thursday by a police officer after he attacked and injured the officer with a shovel.

The group Utah Against Police Brutality called for the protest to answer questions about officer training as it relates to restraint and de-escalation and ask for an external investigation of the shooting.

Friday evening police released body-cam footage of the encounter between Barker and the officer, who responded to 3rd Avenue and I Street after a concerned neighbor called police concerned about the actions of Barker.

The 90-second video clip does show a conversation between the responding officer, who police have not identified, and Barker. The officer tries to ascertain what Barker is doing in the neighborhood. Barker says he's there to do snow removal, yet there is little snow in the neighborhood and a concerned caller questioned why he was going door to door. Barker gets increasingly agitated and at one point begins screaming at the officer.

The video clip shows Barker striking the officer with a snow shovel, sending him to the ground, disabling the body camera and injuring the officer, who suffered fractured bones in an arm and in a foot. The officer then fires his gun, killing Barker, the fatal moment not caught on the now broken camera, police said.

Ian Adams, spokesman for the Utah Fraternal Order of Police and a West Jordan police officer, told KSL TV the video is a clear example of an officer "doing his job."

"Officers have a job to do, and frankly the amount of victim blaming on the officer is ridiculous and doesn't leave much air in the room for a rational discussion," Adams said. "That officer did nothing to provoke such an aggravated assault."

Comments (11)

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Fed Cop @ 1/12/2015 3:19 PM

Am I missing something. That's at least two felonies the suspect committed. Battery on a LEO, and Assault with a Deadly Weapon. These non-cop "experts, and "community Organizers" are clueless.

Tom Ret @ 1/12/2015 3:55 PM

Sometimes it is just prudent to tell a group such as this Utah against police
brutality, to stick it as their argument is indeed ridiculous.

plato's playdough @ 1/12/2015 5:10 PM

Well, I may get censored on this, since all my posts get held for approval.

But I can't help but notice, that if there is a "group" who protests officer brutality, after said officer has sustained injury, then they have an agenda.

They want you dead.

HRPufnstufr @ 1/12/2015 7:35 PM

He beat the cop with a shovel? Broke bones in his arm and his foot, and they're PROTESTING?? WTF?? What does it take, a murder of the officer, before he can shoot?

JIM @ 1/13/2015 6:25 AM

I sometimes wonder how these idiot protesters get out of bed and put one leg in their pants!!!

Bryan @ 1/13/2015 7:55 PM

the officer was in is right to use deadly forces . if you use a weapon or try to use one you will be shot .. It is justified ..what would happen if the officer... but of is because of bad cops. not this one he was in his right to do so. the bad cops give good cops a bad name because good cover them [ bad] need better training and policing them self and stop use usmc trainin will stop when they do. this has been done be for like 70's and 80's ... it is to bad good cops have go thought is .. sad

nyck @ 1/13/2015 9:42 PM

When will a political leader stand up and say "assaulting our officers will not be tolerated." These HUMAN BEINGS do not deserve this.

plato's playdough @ 1/14/2015 2:16 AM

That article was referenced in Police Mag's Headline "Video: Arizona Officer's Body Cam Captures Lead-up to Fatal Shooting"

You should read it, I feel it applies to this current posting. The Officer was "talking it out." He was rewarded by the scumbag with a .22 revolver delivering 4 shots to the Officer's head. The Officer delivered one .40 round to the scumbag. Both were deceased when additional respondents arrived. The body cam documented the event.

I say again, these protester Bastar*s have an agenda.

plato's playdough @ 1/14/2015 2:21 AM

Yes, there is a video, and is is pertinent.

plato's playdough @ 1/15/2015 7:25 PM

That video shows what happened. Old story, isn't it? First the Officer was said to have been within departmental guidelines. After some length of time, something has changed to cause a recommendation of Officer's dismissal.

What do you think changed?

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/17/2015 7:31 PM

A shovel is a deadly weapon too.

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