Utah police shooting video released

The video shows the moment the defendant Siale Angilau a member of the Tongan Crips gang stood up grabbed a pen or pencil and ran towards the witness stand- tossing him body over it to attack the witness

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

District Judge John Dowdell released the video of a 2014 shooting of a defendant who attacked a witness, during a trial inside the courtroom.

A USA federal judge released footage of the 2014 fatal shooting of a gang member inside a courtroom Monday, showing the defendant rushing a witness with a pen before officers shot him.

The Utah Headliners and the media outlets named in the Freedom of Information Act request filed a motion in court in December 2016, arguing that if video of the shooting is admitted as evidence in the wrongful death lawsuit, it should be released to the public. An oficer out of shot yells "drop the pen".

But the judge dismissed that lawsuit, ruling that under the totality of the circumstances, the Marshal's "use of deadly force against Angilau was objectively reasonable and did not violate his fourth amendment rights".

However Angilau's family believes a jury should see the video to decide if the marshal used appropriate force, their lawyer Robert Sykes told Deseret News.

The footage from 2014 shows defendant Siale Angilau get out of his chair and run toward a gang member witness who was testifying against him.

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A judge made a decision to release courtroom footage of the incident after a lawsuit from Angilau's family was dismissed.

"Angilau intentionally fled the defense table to attack the witness with a pen, and his actions placed the witness, as well as other innocent bystanders just feet away, in harm's way", Dowdell wrote in his ruling.

He said: 'Angilau was in custody, but he essentially had escaped custodial control for those seconds during which he was executing his plan to assault the witnesses.

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

KSL reported an FBI investigation also cleared the deputy of any wrongdoing.

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

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