blueandgold saidWhile certainly a serious incident worthy of consideration, I'm wary of any news story that starts with the title "shocking new video".
The salt lake Tribune has a considerably more reasonable and neutral reporting of the incident, explaining both sides of this story.
I'm sorry but this just incriminates the cop even more in my opinion.
"By the time Dillon drew his hands from his waistband, Officer Cruz's belief that Dillon was presenting a weapon [and ... would use the weapon against officers] was reasonable."
I don't give a God damn about this asshole's "belief." You don't murder someone over a "belief." The kid was wearing bright white earbuds which you can see clearly in the video and he was OBVIOUSLY trying to turn down the volume on his ipod so he could hear the asshole.
You may not care about the officers belief, but the Utah legal system certainly does. It has codified a number of laws regarding the use of force, as have all states.
The imminent use of unlawful force.
"(1) (a) A person is justified in threatening or using force against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that force or a threat of force is necessary to defend the person or a third person against another person's imminent use of unlawful force.
(b) A person is justified in using force intended or likely to cause death or serious bodily injury only if the person reasonably believes that force is necessary to prevent death or serious bodily injury to the person or a third person as a result of another person's imminent use of unlawful force, or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony..."