Bodycam footage of the shooting of 13-yr-old autistic Linden Cameron
either 10 or 11 shots can be heard at about 18:06. I’ve cued the video to 6:37 when the police reach Golda Barton’s car; here's hoping it works.
This is body-worn camera footage from the Officer-Involved Critical Incident which occurred on September 4, 2020. The video begins when the officer activated their camera. The video is stopped after the shooting occurs in order to protect the privacy of the juvenile who was shot.
There are redactions in the audio of the video to protect the privacy interests of the juvenile. In 3 of the videos the officers gather to have a conversation, they mute their audio as per state law prior to turning the audio back on. This occurs approximately 10 minutes into the videos.
According to the SLCPD, Linden’s mother, Gold Barton had told dispatch:
‘Linden’s mother, Golda Barton, called the police to help him to hospital to receive mental health treatment;
‘His mother, Golda Barton, had warned police that her son said earlier that day on September 4, that he had a gun and had threatened to shoot her male coworker and break windows in the house, the video showed.
But she told officers she thought it was a BB gun or pellet gun. There were no indications he was armed.’
Coverage of who said what and when varies, but these details seem constant:
“Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall and Salt Lake Police Chief Mike Brown declined to directly address the content of the videos published, citing multiple ongoing investigations as reason for discretion.
“[As] the mother of a 14-year-old boy, I am profoundly heartbroken, and I am frustrated,” Mayor Mendenhall said.
The officer who shot him remains on paid leave pending investigation. A total of three separate investigations into the use of deadly force – by the local district attorney’s office, and the police department’s civilian review board and internal affairs division – are underway.
“We are facing a mental health crisis in this country, with a void of resources for those in crisis. And make no mistake, this is a crisis,” Chief Brown said.
Henceforth, all body cam footage will be released on the police department’s social media channels without the need for freedom of information requests or press conferences, the mayor confirmed.
There was no mention of the caliber of the bullets, but Linden had received damage to his colon. bladder, both ankles, right shoulder, that arm and hand are numb. His mother reports that he did finally manage to get out of hi hsoptial bed and into a wheelchair yesterday.