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Video: New Footage Shows Fatal 2014 Officer-Involved Shooting in Utah

June 04, 2015  | 

VIDEO: New Video Shows Fatal 2014 Officer-Involved Shooting in Utah

A video posted to YouTube Sunday may raise new questions about the 2014 fatal police shooting of an unarmed man in Salt Lake City, Utah, according to MSNBC.

Twenty-year-old Dillon Taylor was fatally shot by a Salt Lake City police officer on August 11, 2014, just one week after the controversial police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill ruled in September that Cruz had reason to believe Taylor was attempting to pull a gun from his pants, effectively exonerating Cruz of any wrongdoing in the incident.

A Video posted on YouTube on Sunday shows the confrontation recorded by the officer's body-worn video camera.


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dja2385 @ 6/8/2015 5:16 AM

What does MSNBC mean by "raises new questions?" Video clearly shows his hands in the front of his pants, not following commands. Looks like classic suicide by cop. Tell MSNBC that we don't have to wait to see muzzle flash to act.

Jon Retired LEO @ 6/9/2015 2:49 PM

Don't you know that MSNBC's chief advisor's name is Sharpton.

Mike Fadden @ 6/11/2015 11:41 AM

This video raises an interesting point. If someone has their hands in their waistband or pockets and you order him to take them out and then shoot him for doing so...? We train to turn the suspect away from you first 'Turn away from me! Keep your hands in your pockets!". It gives them the chance to comply and, if they then make a move consistent with the drawing of a firearm (after being order not to do so), it make the shooting a little easier to justify.

We ran a building search scenario with a suspect with hands in overcoat pockets facing the officer. We ran it 100-120 times. The distance was about 15'. In all but a few instances the officers commanded, at gunpoint, the suspect to show his hands before telling him to face away. 100% of those times the suspect was able to draw and fire before the officers could get off a shot. The suspect hit the officers more than half the time and almost every time the officer wasn't using available cover to his best advantage.

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