Utah courthouse shooting video released


"They don't need to shoot this young man". The case accused gang members of various offenses including assault and robbery.

The man jumped back to avoid being hit as Angilau fell feet-first over the front of the witness stand and the unidentified U.S. marshal fires his gun.

The witness jumps back as Angilau falls over the front of the witness stand.

The U.S. marshal who fired the shots was cleared of any wrongdoing.

"Don't f--ing move!" someone shouts.

Someone is heard shouting in the direction of Angilau: "Get on the ground". As he was on the floor, he was shot four times (in quick succession) by a nearby police marshal.

The version of the video that Judge John E. Dowdell ordered to be unsealed is somewhat redacted.

Faces of the judge, attorneys and jurors are blurred out and the agency declined comment about the release of the video.

Dramatic video of a deadly 2014 courthouse shooting in Salt Lake City has been released after a long court battle by the Utah Media Coalition.

Dowdell's rulings represented mixed results for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Angilau family.

"Whoa, whoa, whoa", someone yells as the witness, another gang member who is shackled and chained, manages to retreat into a corner of the courtroom.

Angilau's lawyer, Robert Sykes, urged the judge to release the video so that the jury could see and decide if excessive force was used in the shooting. They supported journalists' efforts to see the video. "There was no necessity to use force", he said. The marshal has been identified only as "Doe" in court filings. His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit arguing excessive force saying the witness wasn't in danger by the time shots were fired.

The Angilau family attorney, Bob Sykes, said Monday morning he had not yet had an opportunity to discuss an appeal with his clients but hoped to do so "shortly". However, on Friday, Dowdell dismissed the suit on the basis that the marshal had reasonable belief the defendant was going to harm or kill the witness.