Video shows United States marshal fatally shooting defendant who rushed witness stand

Video shows United States marshal fatally shooting defendant who rushed witness stand

Audio of the shooting was released previously.

The footage taken in 2014 was released after a lawsuit brought by Angilau's family was dismissed.

The short, but intense clip, shows defendant Siale Angilau trying to attack a witness at his 2014 trial with a pen. He attempted to stab the witness but missed and fell onto the floor.

Angilau was an alleged leader of a local street gang called the "Tonga Crip Gang".

Deseret News reports that the 24-second video shows Siale Angilau, a member of the Tongan Crips gang, standing up, grabbing a pen, and approaching the witness stand to possibly attack a shackled witness. The police marshal's identity is now under suppression.

Angilau's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit, claiming the shooting was "particularly unreasonable, reckless and constitutionally excessive". Robert Sykes, the Angilau family's attorney, said he was disappointed with the ruling and that it would be up to his client's to decide if they want to appeal.

The unidentified United States marshal was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shortly after the shooting and a review board found the use of force was within agency policy.

The Angilau family attorney, Bob Skyes, offers a contradictory point of view.


The video in question was evidence the officer who shot defendant Siale Angilau, a member of the Tongan Crips gang, was justified in his actions, the judge concluded.

He points out that Angilau was already down on the ground for the final three shots and that a courtroom full of officers could have stopped him to stop him before he harmed anyone with the pen.

'There was no necessity to use force'. "They weren't entitled to use the death penalty on him for an assault".

He was in court after being one of 17 people named in a 29-count racketeering indictment that accused gang members of conspiracy, assault, robbery and weapons offences.

He was the last defendant in the case to stand trial, with previous defendants being sentenced to between 10 and 30 years in prison.

Magistrate Judge Paul Cleary ordered the release of a pixelated version of the video obscuring faces of law enforcement officers and others in November, but the Department of Justice objected. The agency declined to comment on Monday about the release of the video.

The video was released after a media coalition, including The Associated Press, argued for its release as an important record in a police use-of-force case, according to the AP.

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