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)

This is the shocking moment a gang member on trial was shot dead when he launched himself onto a witness in an attempt to stab him. He was concealed behind the witness stand when officers opened fire.

"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", said District Judge John Dowdell.

A woman cried out in horror while other law enforcement in suits ran toward the witness stand. Angilau's defense attorney jumped under a desk while prosecutors stood in shock. She said the Federal Bureau of Investigation cleared the officer of any wrongdoing and that a review board found the use of force was within agency policy.

The pixelated video was initially ordered to be released by Magistrate Judge Paul Cleary in November, but the Department of Justice at the time objected.

Lynzey Donahue, a spokeswoman for the Marshals Service, said in a statement the video "demonstrates how quickly violence can erupt, in any situation".

Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune Family, friends, and supporters of Siale Angilau, who was shot and killed in the Salt Lake City federal courthouse, gather for the Justice4Siale Vigil on the courthouse plaza in Salt Lake City, Utah, Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

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Family attorney Bob Skyes unsuccessfully argued that the U.S. Marshall "panicked" and could've used another method to subdue Angilau.

Tenifa is standing feet away from where Angilau lands in the witness box, the video shows. "There was no necessity to use force", he told KSL. The officer who fired the shots points his gun at Angilau, who, positioned behind the witness stand, is no longer visible in the video. "They weren't entitled to use the death penalty on him for an assault". He said the witness got out of the way and wasn't in danger by the time the shots were fired.

Angilau was one of 17 people named in a 2010 indictment accusing Tongan Crip members of assault, conspiracy, robbery and weapons offenses. He was the last of the defendants to stand trial, with other gang members having received prison sentences ranging from 10 to 30 years.

A mistrial was declared after the shooting. Faces of the judge, attorneys and jurors are blurred out.

Sykes said he's glad the video was made public, but the Angilau family wants justice. They supported journalists' efforts to see the video.

The Utah Media Coalition fought for a year for Dowdell to release the footage, according to KUTV in Salt Lake City.

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