The Salt Lake City authorities have recently made a decision to unseal the footage of the 2014 court shooting of a 25-year-old gang member.
Witnesses in the courtroom on April 21, 2014 said a man was testifying about the Tongan Crip Gang when Siale Angilau, the defendant, grabbed a pen and ran toward the witness box.
The witness, who was another gang member, managed to avoid Angilau's attack by moving to the corner of the courtroom and was unharmed. At this point, the 24-second-long reveals an U.S. Marshall, identified only as Jane Doe, cocking her gun and point it towards the suspect who was still holding the pen in his hand. "Drop the pen out of your hand".
Video of the moment Angilau attacked the witness.
"Angilau was in custody, but he essentially had escaped custodial control for those seconds during which he was executing his plan to assault the witness", the judge added.
THIS shocking footage reveals the moment a Crips gang member is shot dead in court after launching at a witness with a pen.
Faces of the judge, attorneys and jurors are blurred out and the agency declined comment about the release of the video. However, Angilau's family thinks a jury should see the video to decide if the marshal used appropriate force, according to the family attorney Robert Sykes. "And that's the problem I have with this case".
Angilau was also accused of assaulting two federal officers and brandishing a firearm.
'His attack was stopped by the shots that Jane Doe rapidly fired, in less than one and one-half seconds'.
Their case got dismissed last Friday, after a judge ruled the U.S. Marshall involved in the shooting was justified.