Siale Angilau, a 25-year-old member of the Tongan Crip gang, was shot and killed while charging a witness in his trial.
Authorities in Salt Lake City on Monday released federal courtroom images of 2014, which shows a U. S. marshal by firing four fatal shots as a suspect armed with a pen charged shackeled witness.
The video shows defendant Siale Angilau, a 25-year-old member of the Tongan Crip gang, rising casually from his chair next to his lawyer during the testimony. He’s got a lawyer’s pen.
For all of the agents could react, Angilau sprints in the direction of the witness and jumps on the standard, the handling of the pen with his right arm held.
The witness jumps back as Angilau falls feet-first over the front of the witness stand. The courtroom appeared in disarray during the 24-seconds video, and a U. S. marshal, identified as “Jane Doe,” fired four shots at Angilau.
A woman cries out in horror while other law enforcement officials in a suit to walk in the direction of the witness stand. Angilau’s lawyer jumps under a desk; officers of justice are in a state of shock.
“The drop of the pen. Drop the pen from your hand,” shouts an officer standing over Angilau.
“Vice-Jane Doe” fired four shots at Angilau, the killing of the man, Fox13Now.com reported, citing court documents.
As U. S. District Judge Tena Campbell is escorted out of the courtroom, someone call 911 at the end of the released video.
U. S. District Judge John Dowdell fired Angilau the family of the wrongful death suit Friday with the entry of the video as evidence that the U. S. marshal acted reasonably. The family claimed Angilau was armed only with a pen and the four shots were too high.
The video was released after a media coalition-including The Associated Press argued it was a public registry in a major police-use-of-force case.
The U. S. marshal was acquitted of a crime shortly after the shooting.
The Ministry of Justice wanted the video kept under the seal of the concerns can lead to retaliatory killing and senseless violence. Faces of the judge, the lawyers and the judges are blurry. The agency does not immediately respond to a phone call and email requesting comment.
The Angilau family lawyer, Bob Skyes, did not immediately respond to a phone call and email requesting comment Monday. He has previously said: after seeing the video, that the marshal “in a panic” when other methods are used to topics Angilau.
Angilau was one of 17 people named in a 2010 indictment accusing Tongan Crip members of assault, conspiracy, theft, and weapons to pick up. He was the last defendant in the case to stand trial, with the last defendants to be sentenced to 10 to 30 years in prison.
A mistrial was declared after the shooting.
The media coalition including the AP, fought for several years with the government lawyers to have the video released to the public, with the argument that the shooting of the questions about the police use of violence and the maintenance of the principle of open courts.
Ministry of Justice, lawyers said that the media organizations wanted the video to “sell newspapers.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report