Salt Lake City, UT — On August 11, 2014 Dillon Taylor was gunned down in broad daylight by Officer Bron Cruz.

The confrontation happened because Cruz confused Taylor with a possible criminal in the area.

Taylor, his brother, and his cousin were exiting a 7-Eleven in an area where police were searching for a suspect who had allegedly been waving a gun around.  These uninvolved young men allegedly matched the description.

When the three men exited the convenience store they were surrounded by officers and ordered to show their hands.  Two of the men stopped and complied, Dillon Taylor, listening to music, kept walking.

Barely 40 seconds go by from the time Dillon is approached until he is shot by Cruz.

The body cam footage was released in September of last year, however, it stopped just after the shots were fired. Apparently the department did not want you to see what happened after as the full video was not released until this week. It shows the disturbing moments before and after this innocent man was gunned down by police.

“He couldn’t hear them, so he just kept walking. Then … they had guns pointed at his face. That’s when he turned off the music,” Taylor’s brother Jerrail Taylor told the SLC Tribune. “I saw them point guns at my brother’s face, and I knew what was going to happen.”

One officer told Taylor to get on the ground, while another told him to put his hands on his head.

“He got confused, he went to pull up his pants to get on the ground, and they shot him,” Jerrail Taylor said.

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A report by the Daily Kos provides a detailed breakdown of the 7-minute video:

Now that the full video has been released, it’s disturbingly clear that nothing about this police shooting was justified. Nothing at all.

At 0:17, Officer Bron Cruz gets out of his vehicle. You will notice people confused by his presence.

At 0:22, Officer Cruz walks past two men who were friends with Dillon Taylor.

At 0:24, Officer Cruz walks behind Taylor, who has on a white T-shirt and is listening to music.

At 0:33, we see the officer has his gun drawn and is yelling at Taylor, who’s holding his sagging pants up and does not appear to hear Cruz.

At 0:36, the officer shoots Taylor. It would be fatal.

Starting at 0:41, you will notice the headphone cord coming out of Taylor’s pocket.

At 0:48, you will see that the headphones were clearly going up to Taylor’s ears.

At 0:52, the officer asks Dillon to “give me your hands,” but Taylor is already near death. His friends begin screaming and crying in the background.

At 1:03, the officer handcuffs Taylor.

At 1:48, the officer turns Taylor over, the headphones are visible, and the officer states “it’s clear”—meaning that Taylor was actually unarmed.

At 2:54, the officer turns Taylor completely over, keeping him handcuffed, and begins talking to him and trying to get him to talk. Taylor appears nearly dead and is completely covered in blood.

At 4:56, the officer is rummaging through Taylor’s pockets instead of providing any first aid.

It seems that after the officer discovered Taylor was unarmed, he pretended to care and provided a nice show for his body cam. However, he never once attempted to simply apply pressure to the gaping hole in Taylor’s chest.

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WARNING: The video below is graphic and disturbing.

In October, the DA ruled this murder “justified.”

 

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  • Infernos_Reaper

    If they have a gun. It doesn’t take more than a few seconds to check. It’s not hard. I know cops who don’t do stuff like this video.

  • J-Rob

    Just goes to show more of what I always say. Their tazer is effective from 30-40ft so theres no reason they even need to pull out their firearm until theres an immediate threat. Protocol should be changed to pull their tazer only until a weapon is presented and even then, to not pull their gun and shoot unless attacked with a weapon.

  • carlton goodson

    What happened to warning shots?

  • Michael Gross

    Sieg Heil, Mark! Things never end well in a fascist police state. Especially for the fascists.

  • Alberto

    This numbnutt should’ve been charged with manslaughter where was the imminent threat to justify the shooting of the man.. Not following commands doesn’t warrant a death sentence this is the fear the public has to deal with it from these threatening officers who can take your life. All of us who want to see change in a positive direction must educate themselves and get involved hold your mayor, your community leaders accountable. Nothing gets done sitting behind a computer and venting about it, you must know who to hold accountable and remove them if they are not going to help make positive changes.

  • Jas

    Oh they’re doing it to you white folks now too! Not good. Not good.

  • Jas

    You’re an arsehole. He had earphones in. Prick.

  • Charleston

    Don’t do it. Vendetta is never the answer. Let’s ask HOW this could have happened instead of how we’re going to get revenge. Let us try to find out what lead to this so we can change whatever is needed in order to stop these kind of things from ever happening again. Part of the answers to that may lie with the very cop who commited this horrible deed. Enough pain, enough suffering, enough death. I want us all to heal, including the cops and even this very cop if he’s capable of regret. Because if he truly regrets what he has done in his heart for the love of an innocent fellow human he might play a part in figuring out what has lead to him being able to do such an aweful thing.
    And Michelle, you should be worrying about someone encouraging someone else to kill ANYONE!!!

  • Charleston

    An innocent young man got shot by one of the very people that was supposed to be there for his and his peaceful peer’s protection in the first place and died and people are talking about their dislike and disapproval of a personal choice that some people make in how they wear their clothing that causes no one harm. Sometimes I just can’t believe this world.

  • James

    Fair enough he was reaching for his pockets/pants but what happen to taser guns? Or even a shot in the leg? It was almost point blank.

  • Victoria Ofovbe

    If you look at the footage properly you will see he had earphones in. such lack of compassion is what’s wrong with this world.

  • JB

    Gangsta clothing takes another one out – ya can’t run with your pants around your knees and then when you reach down to pull them up the cop thinks you’re reaching for a gun – cuz ur dressed all gangsta like . . .

  • JB

    spoken like a true moron, way to represent dumbass

  • dilbert

    I love hearing from the loser minorities. Get a life assholes!

    • djinn123

      Jesus loves you no matter what!

  • Nice Ride

    Dumbest reply ever!

  • Ohm

    You are a vile, shallow, small minded waste of life. You feel it more justified just because of the clothes he was wearing. Without ANY idea of who he was as a person, you knew nothing about his personality but because he dresses differently to how YOU believe he should be dressed, it isn’t so bad. Here’s a tip. Don’t judge what you don’t know. Get some depth to you.

    • Michelle Mohr

      You know, it must be horrible to be a police man or woman in this day and age. You are the one held responsible for the death of someone who hates you and would kill you as soon as look at you, and yet you are not allowed to be afraid. And these young people that decide to serve our communities are terrified that they will die needlessly simply because of their uniform. I am not vile, nor am I shallow, and I am certainly not a waste of life as you would deem me, and as far as judging what you don’t know, you don’t know squat about me, except that I am white. Perhaps you need to get some depth yourself. Put yourself in the defenders place, they have no intention of killing when they get up. Their purpose is to ‘keep the peace’ and they are bombarded by crazies and those that despise them for the clothes that they wear.

  • Nice Ride

    What a jack ass comment!

  • Ohm

    Maybe he couldn’t hear what’s they were saying but had his hands in his pocket & when he tried to take his hands out to remove the headphones or pause his music they shot him because he was ‘reaching’ if they saw his headphones they could have came to this conclusion. How else would he hear or put his hands in the ear without first taking his hands out. Y’all wrong.

    • John Smith

      No way man. He and guys he was with saw that cop coming to talk to them. He saw his associates stay to talk to the cop. He chose to keep his ear buds in walk away. Then after we have a clearly stressed cop pointing a gun at him and how does he respond? To not only not take him seriously, a person pointing a gun at him who is clearly agitated, but he says “wassup fool”. In life you have choices, this guy made his. Sometimes our choices are life or death.

      • Michael Chavez

        Wtf is wrong with people so because of his response he deserves to die . I’m sure with your comment you have said plenty of dumb shit and you are still alive dumbass

        • John Smith

          did i say he deserved to die? i’m saying he made bad choices at that moment. if you have someone pointing a gun at you yelling….you have one chance. we all make choices, and a lot of stupid ones. but this is how the world works…..this is how nature works…..sometimes the choices we make, will cost your life. we all are in this. no one is exempt.

          • Michelle Mohr

            yes, he did not deserve to die for being so stupid, perhaps he was tired, but you do need to respect the police. In fact, all that are in authority over us deserve it, as well as our prayers. We all need prayer.

        • Michelle Mohr

          Except, we don’t call those in authority ‘fool’ when they speak to us, and especially when they have their gun out. A fool’s mouth begs for strokes, so I guess this fella begged to be taken out.

      • Michelle Mohr

        Unfortunate, but well said.

  • Jennie Gibbs

    No words of comfort will give this family peace for losing their loved one like that… FUCK THAT POLICE OFFICER!!! FUCK HIM!!!!!!!!!!

  • Yan TheButcher

    This is terrible, what about that taser gun instead of killing this poor kid for nothing…..That is one of the reasons i dont go in the U.S

  • Craig Lafler

    The police can’t just shoot someone because they aren’t obeying their orders. Their life has to be threatened to justify shooting. Ie…they must see a deadly weapon…This cop is trigger happy, and should be fired and jailed for man slaughter

  • Carlos Luis

    ” stay with me buddy stay with me” f*ck off you piece of shit, first you give him a lethal shot and then you ask him to stay with you scumbag.

    • John Smith

      He was asking for it man. Clearly.

  • John Smith

    This guy was asking for it. Without a doubt.

  • John Smith

    That’s a gross misrepresentation of the truth.

  • Ronald Short

    every cop is a criminal today

  • Krizu Tofferi

    Wonder why so.. That is a cold blooded murder, nothing else.

    • Michelle Mohr

      No it is not. The police were responding to a call, and the man looked like the description. His tough luck maybe, but you need to show respect to the authorities.

  • Amarylee Rodriguez

    he wasn’t digging in his pants he was holding them up. theyre not suppose to shoot to kill here suppose to shoot to injure.now if the cop shot him in the leg hed still be alive. this is fcked up in all types of ways. why talk to him you know hes choking on blood you just shot him in the chest moron.

  • A1701

    how much does it cost to hire a hit man, and can that be crowd-funded?

  • A1701

    ok so some of these doughnut eating wankers are as thick as pig-shit!

  • Terry Mckinnon

    WHEN is it going to be addressed that these police morons DONOT know how to do their jobs? They are worse than and gang members

  • Aaron (Australia)

    Absolutely, profoundly and astonishingly astounding ! I can’t believe this is humanity. No words man. No words to describe.

  • tessaprn

    He was using earbuds, I do not believe he hear the cop clearly at first.

  • Sam Taylor, Jr.

    That’s not freedom. That’s something you are being allowed by your masters, with conditions and consequences. You have lost the idea of what freedom means. Regain your patriotism.

    • Michelle Mohr

      What is not freedom? To have a young officer terrified and weilding a weapon which is his for protection? What is he supposed to do, let them gun him down? No, ‘he bears not the sword in vain’. Gun, in today’s society.

  • Bryan Borland

    It is time for a nationwide evaluation and audit of every single officer, training facility and department by an unaffiliated civilian agency that leads to the firing of around half of all officers that were never qualified in the 1st place. It could be even more but I do believe the shock to the force and change of culture could actually save many cops that COULD be good cops if properly trained and supervised. There are alot of cops that are out to help people and are good people at heart. My aunt, uncle and a couple old friends from school are officers and I do see where they are coming from to a point. But excluding some of the few very dangerous gang controlled slums in this country(which most people like to forget exist and where any honest work left long ago, but different conversation for a different day), the vast majority of the US is safe and the cops are simply unneeded or at the very least should operate on an on call basis like the fire department. The rest is simple revenue generation for their army, I mean department. This happened in fucking Mormon country not the projects. When I was a kid, the 80s and 90s so not too long ago, the neighborhood cops knew me, my parents and everyone else personally. We would stop and talk when we saw them, but this new breed, not a chance. This needs to be fixed before it’s too late, before too many on either side are sacrificed. The new requirements for a badge are as follows intelligence, physical fitness, ties to the community you police, human dignity and most importantly honor and courage. Can it be a dangerous job? Yes. Are they forced to join? No. You know what’s much more dangerous? How about manning an oil rig? The difference being if your negligence causes someone to die on the rig, no matter how they made you FEEL, you go to jail. Same goes for the long haul driver who falls asleep and runs a person over while just “doing their job” and so on, accountability. An officer was once honored and respected, not because of the badge or gun, but because they earned it. They put their life on the line for the public, now its their “blue” lives that matter infinitely more than any average citizen. If you are only doing it to feel important and force the respect you can’t earn, please learn a trade and get a real job.

  • john

    he is supposed to protect and serve the public not the actions he took, he was scared and that is a bad thing for a police officere to be scared, he knew the problems he would face when he took the oath to be a officer of the law,, but you might ask WHOSE LAW IS THIS??

  • John Smith

    he saw the cop coming. his friends knew not to walk away. then he sees a clearly agitated person, cop or not, yelling at him pointing a gun at him. he chose to act carelessly at that moment and say something like “wassup fool”. that is not a rational response to someone pointing a gun at you unless you wanted to die.

  • John Smith

    we all have make choices. we all make a lot of stupid choices. sometimes though it will cost your life. that’s how the world/nature works. no one is exempt. he was with his associates and saw the cop pull up. they chose to stay. he chose to keep his earbuds in and walk away. he then sees two guys clearly agitated, pointing guns at him. he chose to not take that threat seriously, to keep walking backwards, and to call the person pointing a gun at him a fool. choices do have consequences. you are free to make your choices but never to choose the consequences of your choices. he made his choices. we all do. we all do tons of stupid things. sometimes though it will cost you your life. this is all black and white, simple. we don’t even need to get into if the cops were right or not but lets cover that too. if they are responding to a call about someone with a gun….their life is on the line. the bystanders lives are on the line. these police do good and bad. they have kept you safe by their presence, which i’m sure you aren’t even aware of, or couldn’t care less.

  • John Smith

    we all have to make choices. we all make a lot of stupid choices. sometimes though it will cost your life. that’s how the world/nature works. no one is exempt. he was with his associates and saw the cop pull up. they chose to stay. he chose to keep his earbuds in and walk away. he then sees two guys clearly agitated, pointing guns at him. he chose to not take that threat seriously, to keep walking backwards, and to call the person pointing a gun at him a fool. choices do have consequences. you are free to make your choices but never to choose the consequences of your choices. he made his choices. we all do. we all do tons of stupid things. sometimes though it will cost you your life. this is all black and white, simple. we don’t even need to get into if the cops were right or not but lets cover that too. if they are responding to a call about someone with a gun….their life is on the line. the bystanders lives are on the line. these police do good and bad. they have kept you safe by their presence, which i’m sure you aren’t even aware of, or couldn’t care less.

    • John Smith

      That said, this is a tragedy. Tragic that someone called and said they saw them with a gun if they didn’t have one. Tragic that Dillon chose to respond how he did. Tragic that the cop couldn’t know he was unarmed. Tragic that Dillon lost his life. Tragic the pain his friends and family suffered as a result. Tragic that Dillon won’t get another chance. Rest in peace Dillon Taylor.

  • John Smith

    we all have to make choices. we all make a lot of stupid choices. sometimes though it will cost your life. that’s how the world/nature works. no one is exempt. he was with his associates and saw the cop pull up. they chose to stay. he chose to keep his earbuds in and walk away. he then sees two guys clearly agitated, pointing guns at him. he chose to not take that threat seriously, to keep walking backwards, and to call the person pointing a gun at him a fool. choices do have consequences. you are free to make your choices but never to choose the consequences of your choices. he made his choices. we all do. we all do tons of stupid things. sometimes though it will cost you your life. this is all black and white, simple. we don’t even need to get into if the cops were right or not but lets cover that too. if they are responding to a call about someone with a gun….their life is on the line. the bystanders lives are on the line. these police do good and bad. they have kept you safe by their presence, which i’m sure you aren’t even aware of, or couldn’t care less.

  • Michelle Mohr

    Reaper, you are way too emotional to think clearly at this moment. I know what you are saying, and I watched it too, but this fella happened to be in a store where someone had just robbed it at the point of a gun. So, he was simply in the ‘wrong place at the wrong time’. And it was tragic. The police are not happy when someone dies, they often suffer PTSD from incidents like this one too. The police are not our enemy. (Not these yet, 🙂 Course, if Soros has his way, there will again be criminals and unemployed and unemployable ones, and perhaps insane, becoming the ‘brown shirts’ once again. And onto the SS). Read about Hitler’s youth, and the absolutely vicious behavior extended to the decent people in Germany in the 30′ and 40’s of the last century.

  • Michelle Mohr

    That’s right. And really foolish too.

  • Michelle Mohr

    Well a lot of young men do die young.

  • Michelle Mohr

    Cops, are not pigs. that is the problem, and if that is your attitude, there isn’t anything to do but die like a dog.