Video of the ordeal was recently released after a media coalition argued that it was an important public record that raises questions about the use of force by officers and has since gone viral.
If you don’t care to watch the video, and we don’t blame you if you don’t, the New York Post laid out the details without the graphic audio and visuals:
The video shows defendant Siale Angilau, a 25-year-old member of the Tongan Crip gang, rising casually from his seat beside his attorney during testimony. He grabs his lawyer’s pen.
Before any officers can react, Angilau sprints toward the witness and leaps onto the stand, wielding the pen with his right arm cocked.
The witness jumps back as Angilau falls feet-first over the front of the witness stand. The courtroom appears in disarray during the 24-second video and a US marshal, identified as “Jane Doe,” fires four shots at Angilau.
After the shots were fired at Angilau, an officer can be heard shouting “Drop the pen!” His family filed a wrongful death suit in federal court that was dismissed by U.S. District Judge John Dowdell, who cited the video as evidence that the U.S. marshal acted appropriately.
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Following the shooting, a mistrial was declared in Angilau’s case.