Salt Lake City police just shot a 16-year-old boy for nothing more than having a broomstick.
The shooting took place at approximately 8 p.m. on Saturday. Selam Mohammad told The Salt Lake Tribune that a police officer shot the friend of his for having a broomstick.
The victim was in surgery as of Sunday morning, according to Detective Ken Hansen of the Unified Police Department.
Hansen said he is in critical condition after being shot in his upper and lower torso.
Salt Lake City police have confirmed that an officer (possibly two), opened fire on the youth, but they refused to answer any questions beyond that.
Salt Lake City police tweeted that officers “were responding to a call in area when they were alerted to assault in progress,” according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
The officers then “tried to engage altercation,” the tweet claimed.
Salt Lake Tribune journalists say that they saw and heard eye-witnesses yelling at police and throwing rocks, due to what was universally regarded as an unjustified shooting by all who saw it..
Detective Greg Wilking said that there were “a lot of hostile people upset about what had taken place.”
Mohammad said that the victim and another man were in a confrontation. The victim had a broomstick when the officers ran up on him.
“They told him to put it down, once,” Mohammad recalled, and then they “started shooting him as soon as he turned around.”
The Unified Police Department says that they will be investigating the shooting. They refused to answer whether or not the incident was captured on officers’ body cameras.
(Article by M. David; image via the Salt Lake Tribune)