Great Britain

Cops release harrowing bodycam footage showing officer shoot autistic boy Linden Cameron, 13, ELEVEN times

UTAH police are releasing body camera footage of a shooting that left a severely autistic boy seriously injured, after his mother had called the cops for help.

Linden Cameron, who has Asperger's, was shot several times by police outside his home in Glendale, on the night of September 4.

Golda Barton said she called the police and asked for a crisis intervention team (CIT).

She told officials Cameron was having a mental breakdown.

Barton told 2News that police informed her how the CIT would respond, and that she had told them how best to approach them.

"I said, 'He's unarmed, he doesn't have anything, he just gets mad and he starts yelling and screaming'," she said.

"He's a kid, he's trying to get attention, he doesn’t know how to regulate."

Barton added that the cops are "supposed to come out and be able to de-escalate a situation using the most minimal force possible."

However, she claims that when the cops arrived her son ran away, before two officers repeatedly yelled "get down on the ground" and fired shots.

"Why didn't they tase him? Why didn't they shoot him with a rubber bullet?" Barton added.

"He's a small child. Why didn't you just tackle him? He's a baby. He has mental health issues."

Sgt Keith Horrocks from Salt Lake City police confirmed that "a juvenile was having a mental episode," and said it was thought he "had made threats to some folks with a weapon."

SLCPD said police were called to the area for a report of a "violent psych issue" involving the juvenile "having a mental episode" and "making threats to some folks with a weapon", KUTV reported.

At a press conference Mayor Erin Mendenhall announced that body camera footage of all shootings involving Salt Lake City Police will be posted publicly 10 business days following the shooting.

"This is an effort to remove unnecessary hurdles to the public as they seek out information that they would be otherwise entitled to under the Government Records And Management Act," Mendenhall stated.

Horrocks said that as the boy ran away police chased after him and one officer fired their weapon. The cops then provided medical aid before he was taken to hospital.

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said in a statement, obtained by the outlet: "While the full details of this incident are yet to be released as an investigation takes place, I will say that I am thankful this young boy is alive and no one else was injured.

"No matter the circumstances, what happened on Friday night is a tragedy and I expect this investigation to be handled swiftly and transparently for the sake of everyone involved."

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