Bodycam footage from the Salt Lake City Police Department shows cops shooting and killing a man who appeared to be running away. As CNN reports, the victim was Patrick Harmon who was fleeing after being arrested on August 13.
The police department was under investigation for seven weeks following the incident. The Salt Lake County district attorney concluded the officers' use of deadly force was justified as the officers said they feared Harmon was going to harm them. Harmon was a 50-year-old black man who was initially stopped for reportedly riding his bicycle across six lanes and a median. He was required to have a "red rear tail light on his bicycle," per the officer who stopped him. After Harmon provided "a couple different names" when he was asked for identification, the officer called for backup. They discovered he had a felony warrant out for his arrest on charges of aggravated assault. When they tried to put handcuffs on him, he ran. That's when officers chased after him.
Bodycam footage shows Harmon ran away before being is shot by Salt Lake City police Officer Clinton Fox. The officers said he threatened them with a knife and uttered phrases like "I stab" and "I'll f*cking stab you."
In light of the footage, Harmon's older sister is speaking out. "That video is horrifying. It is just not right," Antionette Harmon, Patrick's older sister. "I'm not understanding none of this, how it was justified or anything. It's not fair." She adds that
Harmon was bipolar, schizophrenic and possibly homeless.
The officer is on modified ty until the investigatio is completed.
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