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Salt Lake cop cleared in shooting of unarmed white man

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The decision of a St. Louis grand jury to not indict a police officer there of shooting and killing an unarmed man has raised new interest in an officer involved fatal shooting in Salt Lake City.

Dillon Taylor, a white male, was shot and killed in August.

Dillon Taylor - Facebook

Officer Bron Cruz, who was described as non-white, shot Taylor once in the chest and once in the stomach after he refused to obey police.

Officer Cruz said he believed Taylor had a weapon and intended to use it.

No weapon was found on or near Taylor's body.

One big difference in the two cases was officer Cruz was wearing a body camera.

Footage from the officer’s body camera (see video above) shows Officer Cruz repeatedly ordered  Dillon to show his hands.

On the footage Taylor can be heard saying “Nah, fool.”

Taylor quickly raised his left hand from inside his waistband, lifted his shirt level with his armpit and quickly brought out his right hand.

At that time Officer Cruz shot Taylor twice.

Police were originally called to the convenience store in South Salt Lake to check reports of a person with a gun.

Officials said Taylor’s blood alcohol level was .18 percent when he was shot, well above the .08 legal limit.

DA Gill said Taylor’s Facebook posts show he was suicidal before the shooting.

Just two days before Taylor was shot and killed, he made the following posts on his Facebook page.

S SL shooting Dillion Facebook post 2 explicit copy

The three Salt Lake City Police officers involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.

Learn more from KTSU.

149 comments

  • Jaegar Ultima

    Marge Simpson (LOL yeah right) and Ryan, why are you soo sure that people who have warrants out on them have to have more leeway? Wanted to do what was asked??? Wow…Maybe it’s more like he signed his own death certificate (as evident in his his FB post) and wanted to pressure the cop so he could end his life… What is a cop to do when someone doesn’t comply with them?? Let them walk away? Politely tell them to leave? Can citizens now usurp the police due to these “tragic” deaths?? Stop making their job easier said that done, what would you do in that situation??? Can you really trust a suspect enough that he won’t try anything? Most officers don’t wear body armor constantly and even they would tell you it gets hot and combersome…

    Not all cops are murderers but putting more pressure on them not to brandish their weapon could result in an officer’s death because he was reluctant to use his gun when a suspect had one hid or pulled out one to shoot the officer… What would you say to that officer’s family?? The situation involving police usage of deadly force is difficult enough as it is…

  • Christine

    I want all of you to pretend that this shooting happened in the middle east. If this was a American soldier who shot a unarmed Iraqi in a war zone he would be tried and sent to prison
    This has happened. There are soldiers serving time, because lost it under pressure.

  • Azix

    The problem with telling them to take their hands out is that police are so jumpy if you do that they likely will shoot you as you are doing it. Best bet is to just get on the ground, but even then they will shoot you for the motion to get on the ground. Sad

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