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Residents Riot After Watching Salt Lake City Cops Shoot 16-year-old Holding Broomstick

Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake City Police shot a 16-year-old boy on Saturday, who, according to witness accounts, was not given time to comply with their orders. Witnesses to the event reportedly began rioting and throwing rocks at police in response to the shooting they said was wholly unjustified.

Over one hundred officers in riot gear, including helmets and shields, were deployed to the scene to attempt to restore order.

Salt Lake Police confirmed to the Salt Lake Tribune late Saturday that one officer, and possibly a second, were involved in the shooting. Det. Greg Wilking also confirmed shots had been fired, but did not disclose how many.

According to a tweet by the Salt Lake Police, “officers on unrelated call in area, alerted to assault in progress, tried to engage altercation.”

Witnesses to the shooting say the teen was involved in an altercation with another individual. Police arriving on scene attempted to break up the fight and claimed the victim was wielding a metal pipe — though witnesses dispute this claim, saying the boy only had a broomstick and was not using it in a threatening manner against officers.

Further, Selam Mohammad, who witnessed the shooting and gave his account to the Tribune, says the victim, who was also his friend, had been holding that broomstick at his side when police arrived.

“They told him to put it down once,” Mohammad told the Tribune, but “police started shooting him as soon as he turned around.”

Mohammad said the 16-year-old was shot in both the chest and stomach, and bystanders recall hearing four gunshots.

Anger boiled over as witnesses to the shooting say police did not give the boy sufficient time to respond to their demands that he drop the stick.

RT reported that it took police two hours from the first reports of gunfire to say the shooting had involved an officer.

Neighboring departments were called in to deal with the unrest in the aftermath, which the Tribune said included the Unified Police Dept., West Valley City, Sandy, and University of Utah.

Unified Police will reportedly conduct an investigation of the shooting. A year-old law mandates investigations of officer-involved shootings be conducted by “outside agencies.”

According to the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) which is overseen by the Utah Department of Safety, officers are allowed to employ force in certain situations. According to the manual,

“Officers may use any force available provided they can justify the reasonableness of force used.”

If witness accounts are verified, and the 16-year-old was holding — not even wielding — a broomstick, it would seem the use of force cannot possibly be justified in this instance.

Salt Lake Police would not comment whether officers involved were using body cams or not.

It was just a year ago when a report revealed 15 percent of homicides involved police officer killings, and that “use of force by police [was] the second most common circumstance under which Utahns kill each other.”

In that report by the Tribune, West Jordan Police Officer Ian Adams stated, “The onus is on the person being arrested to stop trying to assault and kill police officers … Why do some in society continue to insist the problem lies with police officers?”

It’s simple. When police stop shooting, brutalizing, and killing people without justification — and without being held accountable in court for their oft-deadly terrible judgment. When police begin to employ de-escalation tactics in earnest. When police stop killing people’s pets. When people feel they would honestly rather call friends or neighbors for help because they can’t be sure police won’t show up and kill their loved ones.

That’s when people will stop justifiably calling this an epidemic of violence by police.

There are no reports of the shooting victim’s condition, though he was transported and presumedly remains in the hospital at this time.

 

  • Edward Drew

    West Jordan Police Officer Ian Adams stated, “The onus is on the person being arrested to stop trying to assault and kill police officers … Why do some in society continue to insist the problem lies with police officers?” Because It DOES! Your mentality says SHOOT a ANY Threat, That’s the ONUS!
    Please tell me how he is gonna Kill Police Officers with a BROOMSTICK, aside from being OUTUMBERED.

    • Blue Thugs

      The POS cops are such cowards, they probably thought he would sweep them to death or stick the end up thier ass like the cops of NYPD did a few years ago. How can citizens respect a thug and murderer. When they are the biggest gang in America that kills more people, that die more at cops hands than any other way. There is your effen Onus…the trigger happy killer cops. Everyone needs to download the ” Peace Officer “. Cops are and have not been peace officers in many years. They only know how to escalate a situation for arrest to gain revenue or to kill anyone that is not revenue worthy, or contempt of cop!.

  • Strawman

    Past time to burn it down.

  • Mark Steven Bigelow

    Obviously the police saw the broom and thought he was a witch. They felt threatened and shot the witch before he could turn them into human beings.

    • Andrea Bishop Daynes

      Well said Mark, I bet that’s it~~~Ⓜ

    • Federal Farmer

      Don’t disturb the witch.

  • Timothy Russell

    Couldnt be do to the fact that every azzhole now hired is getting in because they did couple tours of war instead of any sort of education or college degrees so that males them qualified to police the public!They hire the perfect killing machine, they come straight from middle east after having their minds all messed up from the crap they saw or did and them come home given a job in law enforcement with no psych evaluation or tests!!! Our country is BROKE,they ve seen it coming years a go, so now they want to instill a Police State! So we won’t go after them who screwed U.S. over. Why do you think they’re going after guns??

    • ST Dog

      Nothing new. In the 50s they were WWII vets. In the 60s they were Korea vets. In the 70s they were Vietnam vets (like my father).

      What has changed is the general society.

  • Fernesque Golan

    The AmeriKKKan policy of shooting first and asking no questions later is firmly in place. These shootings are not aberrations, they are a deliberate POLICY to scare the hell out of the majority of citizens and force them into complete compliance whether the police are right or wrong.

    Police murders are a terror tactic, much the same that was used in Iraq and Afghanistan by the military. Instilling fear amongst the general population is the goal and it is working very well. Although there has been a lot of publicity surrounding unjustified murders by the police in this past year, most of the population still agrees with with their offensive and brutal tactics.

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