Gang member shot dead in court after he rushes witness stand

Siale Angilau

Siale Angilau

US District Judge John Dowdell chose to make the video public after he dismissed a lawsuit brought by Angilau's family claiming excessive force.

Angilau's family first filed the wrongful death lawsuit in 2014 - claiming he shouldn't have been shot because it was 'partially unreasonable, reckless and constitutionally excessive. He attempted to stab the witness but missed and fell onto the floor.

After Angilau was shot on April 21, 2014, and rushed to the hospital with at least one chest wound.

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

Authorities in Salt Lake city released footage on Monday from a federal courtroom that shows a USA marshal shooting dead a defendant as he attempted to attack a witness with a pen.

Authorities on Monday released video of a US Marshal shooting an accused gang member who attacked a witness with a pen inside the Salt Lake City Federal Courthouse. The police marshal's identity is now under suppression.

His family have not yet decided if they will appeal the judge's dismissal of their lawsuit.

The Angilau family attorney, Bob Skyes, said the video shows that the marshal "panicked" and should have used other methods to subdue him.

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KSL reported an FBI investigation also cleared the deputy of any wrongdoing. Angilau (pictured) is no longer visible at that point. "Those last three shots were all after he's been shot once down on the ground in the back, and that's the problem I have with this case".

'There was no necessity to use force'.

Angliau, a member of the Tongan Crips gang, is seen grabbing a pen and rushing another gang member who was testifying against him. "They weren't entitled to use the death penalty on him for an assault".

The 25-year-old was standing trial on federal racketeering along with other charges including conspiracy, assault, robbery and weapons offences.

The Department of Justice wanted the video kept under seal over concerns it could lead to retaliatory gang violence.

Before he died, the incident prompted US District Judge Tena Campbell, who was hearing the case, to declare a mistrial.

Faces of the judge, attorneys and jurors are blurred out to protect their identities.

The media coalition including KUTV and the AP fought for several years with government attorneys to have the video released publicly, arguing that the shooting raised questions about police use of force and upholding the principle of open courts.

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