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The Salt Lake City Police Department is facing another use-of-force controversy after shooting a distressed 13-year-old with mental health issues. (SLCPD)
According to a statement from the SLCPD, the teen's mother called 911 on September 4 to report that her son "was having a mental health issue and may be violent." The teen's mother provided additional information in the statement, saying that while her son did not like law enforcement, she believed police officers were the only ones she could call for help. When officers arrived, the teen's mother indicated that she wanted her son to go to a hospital to receive assistance.
After receiving information from the teen's mother, officers staged themselves around the home and knocked. Police body camera footage from the incident, available here, show the moments leading up to the shooting.
Officers pursued the teen, who fled from the house. After catching up with him, an officer shouts at the teen to "get on the ground." The teen continues to walk down the sidewalk. A few moments later, another command to "get on the ground" is issued just before an officer shoots the teen.
The shot teen is lays down on the sidewalk and tells the officers, "I don't feel good. Tell my mom I love her," while the officers shout at the teen to show his hands.
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