The Salt Lake City police have apparently escaped national scrutiny for their shooting of unarmed 20-year-old Dillon Taylor. Now a newly-released bodycam video may change all of that.
When the Salt Lake City police in Utah killed Taylor, they claimed it was because he failed to respond to police commands. But the real reason why he “failed” to respond to their “commands” was not out of personal hatred for the police, nor as an act of defiance. He was not resisting police, nor had he been engaged in any criminal activity of any sort. Instead, he was just listening to music on his headphones. Taylor “failed to respond” because he simply couldn’t hear police yet, and was trying to turn down his music.
Dillon Taylor was engaged to his three-month-pregnant fiancé. Unfortunately, he never got a chance to meet his first and only child.
She working along with Taylor’s family and supporters to gain national attention for his death.
“We want answers — we need them,” a life-long friend of Taylor’s, Aaron Swanenberg, said to the The New York Times.
Demonstrators have continuously gathered in Salt Lake City to demand justice for Taylor.
“Somewhere it’s got to stop,” Oscar Ross said to the Salt Lake Tribune, as he protested outside the police station. “There’s going to be backlash. I’m not anti-police … but it’s in the mindset of these officers now: Shoot first and ask questions later.”
Gina Thayne, Taylor’s aunt added that: “We have to have justice because no matter what, we’re missing somebody at our dinner tables at night. We have to fix this, and the only way we’re going to be able to fix it is if everybody continues staying together.”
The protestors in Salt Lake City have set up a Justice for Dillon Taylor Facebook page, which has received thousands of likes.
If you agree that Taylor needs justice, then visit the page, click “Like” and then help us SPREAD THE WORD so we can make this story national news.
(Article by Jackson Marciana)