A 13-year-old Utah boy with autism was shot by police after his mom requested for assist getting him hospital psychological well being remedy and officers agreed to speak with him, police footage launched Monday confirmed.
The movies present Salt Lake Metropolis officers chasing him down an alley after they arrive at his residence, then yelling at him to get on the bottom. The boy collapses after a sequence of photographs ring out. He survived however suffered damaged bones and pierced organs, the household’s legal professional has stated. He stays hospitalized.
His mom, Golda Barton, had warned police that her son stated earlier that day, four September, that he had a gun and had threatened to shoot her male coworker and break home windows in the home, the video confirmed. However she instructed officers she thought it was a BB gun or pellet gun. There have been no indications he was armed.
She wished him to be hospitalized for assist together with his psychological well being points.
Officers stated they must proceed as if the boy did have entry to an actual gun, the movies present. Barton instructed officers the boy was “triggered” by seeing police.
“He sees the badge and he robotically thinks you will kill him or he has to defend himself indirectly,” she stated. “He freaks out.”
The video was made public beneath a Salt Lake Metropolis ordinance requiring the discharge of video from police shootings inside 10 enterprise days.
The capturing has raised new questions on how police cope with folks with psychological well being points amid nationwide requires police reform. It got here hours earlier than new de-escalation ways have been resulting from take impact for Salt Lake Metropolis police, which is cooperating with an unbiased investigation of the capturing.
In a single video, two officers may be heard discussing whether or not to method the boy as a result of they have been involved that the incident would end in a capturing. As officers method the home, one says he can see motion within the yard. The officers begin to run after the boy, yelling at him to cease and get on the bottom. After they catch up, they ask him to get on the bottom once more. The boy continues strolling earlier than a sequence of photographs ring out.
The movies don’t appear to point out the boy holding any weapon and police don’t point out any in a report, additionally launched Monday. Barton has stated she instructed dispatchers her son was having a breakdown and he or she wanted assist from a crisis-intervention officer.
On the 911 recording, she says she has referred to as the cops earlier than on her son and that he has beforehand run away from officers. “My greatest worry is that, I don’t know, I simply don’t need him to die,” Barton stated.
She provides: “That’s why we’d like a psychological well being employee … It’s tremendous vital.” The officers who arrived had some psychological well being coaching however weren’t specialists in disaster intervention.
Linden, whom the household desires recognized solely by his first identify, “was fortunate to be alive”, his legal professional, Zach Weyher, stated.
“No matter occurred, it was a 13-year-old boy who was unarmed. The police have been referred to as for a mental-health name, not a legal act,” Weyher stated. “A baby is laying in a hospital mattress … there must be a greater response.”
The mayor of Salt Lake Metropolis, Erin Mendenhall,referred to as for a fast however thorough investigation at a information convention on Monday.
“I’m profoundly heartbroken and pissed off,” she stated. “It’s a tragedy for this younger boy, for his mom and for households and people who’ve acute psychological well being wants.”