Graphic: Bodycam Footage Of Patrick Harmon Fatal Shooting

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Police in Utah fatally shot a man from behind while he was running away from officers, according to newly released footage. Prosecutors in Salt Lake City have said officers were justified in killing Patrick Harmon, 50, who was pulled over for riding a bicycle without a light and who attempted to flee when police tried to arrest him. Police are not facing charges despite the fact that the body-camera footage captured officer Clinton Fox shouting “I’ll fucking shoot you!” from a distance before he fired three bullets into Harmon, who was running in the opposite direction. “They just murdered him flat out,” Alisha Shaw, Harmon’s niece, told on Thursday after watching the footage. “They are lying. There is no way they were threatened by anything. He was only trying to get away.” Salt Lake officials have claimed that the killing of Harmon was legal because the officers feared for their lives. Another officer said he fired his Taser at the same time that Fox shot Harmon. The footage showed the officers handcuffing Harmon as he lay on the ground face-down, groaning in pain. The district attorney’s office claimed that Harmon said “I’ll cut you” and turned and faced officers with a knife as he was running.

The video, however, raises questions about the narrative. Harmon cannot be heard making that threat and was running away from the officer, not facing him, when he was killed. “He was scared. All he did was run,” said Adriane Harmon, another niece, who was sobbing after watching the footage for the first time Thursday. “It hurts … They said ‘I’m going to kill you’ and they shot him three times. He’s just moaning on the ground.” At the start of the video, Harmon appeared tearful and exasperated about police attempting to arrest him. According to prosecutors, officer Kris Smith pulled him over because he saw him “ride his bicycle across all six road lanes and a median” and he didn’t have a “required red rear tail light”. The officer said he wanted to “discuss the situation” with Harmon. The policeman eventually called for backup and determined that Harmon had an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault, according to prosecutors. Harmon appeared “emotional and distraught” and told police that he was trying to take care of his warrant, Fox testified.

Salt Lake City has previously received national praise for its “de-escalation” training, aimed at encouraging officers to communicate with people and limit confrontation and use of lethal force. The department even gives out “de-escalation awards” to recognize officers who rely on these tactics. The chief, Mike Brown, said in a statement: “We trust the process and support the decision from district attorney Sim Gill. I believe our officers have the training and judgement and ability to make split-second decisions in dynamic situations.” Gill added in a statement: “Officer Fox reasonably believed deadly force was necessary to prevent death or serious bodily injury to himself and/or others and therefore his use of deadly force was ‘justified’.” Antoinette Harmon, a 54-year-old sister, said the family grew up in St Louis, Missouri, but later moved to Utah, where they often experienced racism and prejudice. The family hadn’t seen Patrick Harmon for several years since a funeral for one of his brothers – a death that hit him hard, said Antoinette.

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33 thoughts on “Graphic: Bodycam Footage Of Patrick Harmon Fatal Shooting

  1. They murdered that man that was awful & very sad . If u wear a badge then u have the rite to murder & that shit is not rite at all . He should be rotting away in the pen rite now for murdering that man all over a damn lil ol light .He is a straight up murderer & he will have to answer to God 1 day .

  2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    an the guy on the cross is white, which you ain’t
    an it’s history, steep in the blood is his story
    Keep laughing, this song still playing
    The fat lady ain’t even started singing
    His story, your history, enjoy

  3. Seeing some comments about the police officers reaction after shooting the person.. here’s my take… It’s called adrenaline and just having put led in a mans body in the same amount of time as swiping and dropping a glass on the floor.. what u see in his camera is him not only grasping his actions and replaying that whole interaction with the man in his head a million times in a few seconds, but also at the same time keeping his composure and deciding what to do next.. not everyone is Rambo, or for that matter out to kill someone.. these police officers have one hell of a job and I wish someone would come out with a all out film showing the absolute reality that police officers go through on a daily basis.. This is just a microscopic drop for a example of what these brave men n women put their life’s on the line for the plague which is human nature.

  4. I’m not complaining at least I think I’m not any way but can you please explain to me why you shot him when he literally caused no harmed to no one he ran the opposite direction

  5. Why do you have to shoot someone who's running away from you? This does not seem right. He might have resisted arrest, and even the knife could have been in his possession, but does that grant a license to kill, to any police officer? I don't think so. I do believe in lethal force as a neccesary action in some instances, but this, clearly, wasn't the case. The man was running away… I hope officers get more accountable for all of their actions. Being a police does not give you the right to freely kill at a minimum of resistance. I hope there's a God, and I hope he makes justice to this soul. To the murderers: leave the police, get psiquiatric help for your murdering trends, and I hope one day you pay by justice what you have done. Thanks for making this world a worse place than what it is, by taking someone's life, when clearly there could have been any other way out than shooting.

  6. Anyone remember that scene in Justified when Raylan shot the dude in the back right after the dude shot at him? Dude was like, You shot me in the back!! Raylan was like, I guess you should have faced me.

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