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Salt Lake City: Cop shoots unarmed man, Police Chief refuses to give details

This should be against the law. How does one kill another human being, but all the details are withheld? And ONLY because of the occupation of the killer?

Salt Lake City, Utah – Police received a report about a man waving a gun at a convenience store. When officers arrived, three men were exiting the store after making their purchases. The police opened fire and killed one of the men who was reportedly unarmed.

The entire incident was captured on an officer’s body camera; however Police Chief Chris Burbank is refusing to release the video citing “due process.” He is also withholding the officer’s name.

Dillon Taylor received no such “due process.” He was reportedly wearing headphones and was unable to hear the officers’ commands. Dillon’s brother, Jerrail, who was with him at the time of the shooting said

“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. I saw them point guns at my brother’s face, and I knew what was going to happen. He got confused, he went to pull up his pants to get on the ground, and they shot him.”

The incident has spawned protests, and the Police Chief refused to compare the incident to Mike Brown’s death stating

“This is not Ferguson.”

{The Anti-Media}

Murder.  That’s what these police officers are getting away with.  Flat out murder. And they are hiding behind the shield to do so. It’s shameful and disgusting.

Also, there’s this:

Withholding the officer’s name also fails to meet common practices by the police department. The police are holding the officer’s name and the body camera footage until their investigation is complete. The department routinely releases the names of suspects. as well as footage, prior to completing an investigation.

Where is the oversight? Where is the transparency? WHO CHECKS THE POLICE?

Here are a couple of comments that were below this article…

Its time the police get the same treatment as our military! They cant shoot till fired on.

^^ Yes.  Let’s do that.

They need time to go and dig up some dirt on the victim before the tape is released.

^^Nothing but truth, here.

In this situation the victim is Hispanic, and we don’t know the ethnic background of the police officer.  All that Chief Burbank gave was that he “is not a white officer.”

This brings up a great question someone brought up on a post I put up about body cameras on police officers (re: Ferguson). Who will be able to view the cameras?  Will there be transparency? Or will it be a case like this, where the police get to keep the footage away from the public?  If that’s the case, then what’s the point?

{featured image: News channel 9}

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