(addictinginfo.org) – Today the Salt Lake City District Attorney ruled that the shooting death of 20-year-old Dillon Taylor was justified. Taylor was on his way to visit his mother’s grave, along with his cousin, Adam Thayne and his brother, Jerrail Taylor, just moments before a group of cops rolled into the parking lot on August 11, 2014. Both Taylor’s brother and cousin say he was wearing headphones.Police claim that they stopped the three young men because of a 911 call about someone waving a gun around. They also claim that Taylor matched the description given during that call. Taylor did not have a gun on him, and no gun was ever recovered from the area of the shooting. According to the St. Louis Tribune, the caller told 911 dispatch:
“Some gangbangers” walking near 200 East and 1900 South had “flashed” a gun.
“They’re obviously looking for trouble, just the way they look.”
That caller is eerily similar to the caller that reported a black man, John Crawford, with a gun in Walmart. Crawford was purchasing an air rifle from the store. That 911 call led to his death; another shooting that was found “justified” by a system that seems to have lost all sense of right and wrong.
In the video you can see police approaching the three young men in the parking lot of the convenience store where Taylor was shot. It’s clear from the video that both Thayne and Jerrail Taylor heard and saw the police, and responded accordingly. Although there is no sound in the beginning of the video, both men put their hands up, apparently following a police directive.
Dillon Taylor continued walking at a normal pace, consistent with someone who did not realize that there was a cop behind him, pointing a gun at his back.The Salt Lake City DA’s verdict in this case is simply insane. Dillon Taylor did not have a gun. He had not committed a crime. He was executed for not being able to hear the police commands.This was not an honest verdict. The reasons cited as ‘justification’ for this murder are beyond sickening. The DA claims the killer cop saw the three young men ‘causing a scene’ while crossing the street.
The three approached a vehicle stopped at a red light, and Taylor spoke to the driver while the other two were “throwing their hands in the air, kinda making a big scene,”
according to officer Bron Cruz, the cop who fired the gun and ended Dillon Taylor’s life.Most of us would agree that someone “causing a scene” by talking to someone in a car or throwing his hands in the air, is not a “justifiable” reason to murder a 20-year-old kid. Yet the DA in Salt Lake believes that it is. It’s stomach turning.In most cases police resort to victim smearing, bringing up past criminal history or traffic tickets or anything else they can dig up on someone they kill. Thayne and Jerrail Taylor were taken to the police station and released. No charges were filed because no crime had been committed by any of them.Immediately following the shooting, Dillon’s brother and cousin claimed that the three were racially profiled. Judging from the words of the 911 caller and the actions of the police, I would say they were right. What’s more, the police lied about the race of the cop that killed Dillon Taylor, stating from the beginning, “he is not white.” As you can see from the video above, officer Bron Cruz is white.Since there is no doubt that police lied about the shooter’s race, why shouldn’t we assume they are lying about everything else?Dillon Taylor’s brother provided an eye witness account of what happened that night, but the DA blatantly dismissed it, along with the statements of other witnesses. Instead he chose give greater weight to the account of the person accused of the crime… because in this case, the accused is a cop.