March 21, 2018

Gang member shot dead in court after he rushes witness stand

14 March 2018, 02:48 | Opal Carroll

Shocking Video Shows Crips Gang Member Defendant Launching At Witness Before Marshal Shoots Him Dead

Video released of fatal courtroom shooting in Salt Lake City (Warning: Graphic Content)

The news outlets that pursued release of the video include The Salt Lake Tribune, print and broadcast outlets from Salt Lake City, the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and The Associated Press.

According to Fox News 13, on Friday, United States District Judge John E. Dowdell released the courtroom video, which shows defendant Siale Angilau grabbing a pen from the table and hurling himself at a witness.

The judge wrote in a statement: "The video completely contradicts the plaintiffs" argument that Angilau stopped posing a danger within less than one second of launching himself over the witness stand while making a stabbing motion with a pen in his hand'.

Angilau, a member of Salt Lake City's Tongan Crip Gang, was on trial for racketeering on April 21, 2014, when a former gang member, Vaiola Tenifa, began to testify for the prosecution.

'His attack was stopped by the shots that Jane Doe rapidly fired, in less than one and one-half seconds'.

Video of a deadly courtroom shooting has been released.

Someone is heard yelling: "Whoa, whoa, whoa", but before any officers could react, Angilau sprinted toward the witness and leaped with his right arm cocked overhead with the pen in hand.

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A US Marshal can then be seen firing four shots at Angilau.

The judge in the case declared a mistrial, and the USA marshal was later cleared of any wrongdoing.

Angilau's family wanted a jury to see the video to see if the marshal used appropriate force after the Federal Bureau of Investigation found the shooting was justified.

"Those last three shots were all after he's been shot once down on the ground in the back, and that's the problem I have with this case".

Angilau's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit, claiming the shooting was "particularly unreasonable, reckless and constitutionally excessive". Faces of the marshal and jurors are blurred to obscure their identities.

While Angilau's family decides if they will appeal the decision, their attorney is happy the public will at least see the video.

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