Body camera footage was released yesterday showing the moment a police officer shot a 13-year-old with autism.
The Salt Lake City Police Department released the footage, captured on Friday, September 4, on Monday afternoon. Reports state that 13-year-old Linden Cameron’s mom called 911 to report that he was having a mental health crisis. His neighbors, meanwhile, said they could hear someone screaming in the street.
One officer can be heard shouting: “Get on the ground, get on the ground. On the ground now. On the ground.”
Ten shots can then be heard ringing out in rapid succession, leaving 13-year-old Cameron on the floor.
“I don’t feel good,” the boy can be heard saying. “Tell my mom I love her.”
Cameron was taken to Primary Children’s Hospital with injuries to his shoulder, ankles, and stomach. The shooting sparked mass criticism at a time when the police force as a whole finds itself under serious scrutiny.
Mayor Mendenhall of Salt Lake City said: “As a member of this community and as the mother of a 14-year old boy, I am profoundly heartbroken and I am frustrated.
“This shooting is another tragedy. It’s a tragedy for this young boy, for his mother, and for families and individuals who have acute mental health needs. I think the community will look at this situation and they will see themselves or their loved ones reflected in it.”
Police chief Mike Brown added: “A 13-year old boy was shot and as a father of three sons, this has had an impact on me personally. I know that this has made an impression on the women and men of the Salt Lake City Police Department and of course you, the community we serve. I believe in the face of tragedy, we have a responsibility to analyze the circumstances that unfolded through a lens of learning.”
Videos like this just make me so sad. Where did we go so wrong that members of the police force think it’s acceptable to shoot a 13-year-old boy with autism?
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