The shocking footage shows the moment Siale Angilau, a member of the Tongan Crips gang, stood up, grabbed a pen or pencil, and ran towards the witness stand before launching his body over it in 2014.
A U.S. judge has released terrifying footage of a gang member, who was in court over racketeering charges, attacking a shackled witness with a pen before being shot dead by security officials four times at close range. He was not hurt, the "Daily Mail" reports.
That's when an unidentified USA marshal shot Angilau four times. Dowdell also ordered the release of the courtroom video, which had been the subject of a lengthy court battle involving media outlets, including Fox 13, over freedom of information and the First Amendment.
"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, ' Dowdell wrote in a statement obtained by Deseret News.
An investigation launched into the incident found the officer, who was not named, was legally justified in using the force he did. In this photo, a view from behind the witness stand looking towards the gallery in Courtroom #8 which will be full of prospective jury candidates, one day before jury selection begins for the Michael Jackson child molestation trial at the Superior Court of California courthouse in Santa Maria, California, Jan 30, 2005. "His attack was stopped by the shots that Jane Doe rapidly fired, in less than one and one-half seconds". He also noted that the defendant was already on the ground when the Marshall fired the final three shots, CBS News also reported.
'There was no necessity to use force'.
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It was thus Angilau whose actions required Doe to make a split-second choice whether to end the attack or risk that Angilau would seriously harm V.T.
U.S. District Judge John Dowdell, the judge who released the footage, dismissed a lawsuit from the Angilau family. He said it is up to the them to decide if they want to appeal the judge's ruling dismissing their lawsuit.
As he was on the floor, he was shot four times (in quick succession) by a nearby police marshal.
The 25-year-old was standing trial on federal racketeering along with other charges including conspiracy, assault, robbery and weapons offences.
A mistrial was declared after the shooting.
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.