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New body cam footage released shows Dillion Taylor's execution the moment he appears to be complying with officers orders to put his hands up, the District Attorney has ruled the shooting "justified".

The family is "upset with my decision since they think that since he didn’t have a weapon, he shouldn’t have been shot." County Attorney Sim Gill stated.

Just two days after the tragic killing of Michael Brown, which sparked global outrage and protest, another unarmed young man was executed by police in Salt Lake City. His name was Dillon Taylor, and he was just 20 years old.


On August 11, 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 this trigger happy officer.

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Police state that when ordered to stop and show his hands by Officer Bron Cruz, the killer cop who was following Taylor as he walked away, Taylor said, "No, fool.", this is apparently punishable by death.

His brother and cousin maintain he was simply pulling up his pants.

The County Attorney states Taylor put his hands in his waistband, then lifted his shirt with one hand, while his other hand was "in a drawing motion,". Interesting, seeing as how he was unarmed.

"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 victim-blaming 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.

The SLC Tribune, parroting the police, reported that Taylor has had prior run-in's with the law, although even the police admit that the officer did not know this and it was unrelated. Trying to portray victims as villains is a shameful tactic used far too frequently.

They also report he was intoxicated, with a blood alcohol content of .18, which may explain his confusion and poor judgement when reacting to the situation. It is important to remember, however, that this man had committed no crime, aside from underage drinking, and was not driving when the incident occurred. These young men had simply gone to the store to purchase drinks.

Taylor was shot in the chest and abdomen, his body was then handcuffed before he would receive any medical attention.

The police-apologist SLC Tribune has footage of this, but has decided to withhold it claiming it is too graphic. Based on their extremely despicable reporting however, it would be a safe bet to say that the footage likely just makes their beloved officers look bad.