Judge releases video of fatal federal courtroom shooting


THIS shocking footage reveals the moment a Crips gang member is shot dead in court after launching at a witness with a pen. Almost 4 years later, the footage has been released to the public.

The witness, Vaiola Mataele Tenifa, was a former member of the Tonga Crip Gang and was testifying in the witness box of the courtroom.

In the 24-second clip, Angilau is seen suddenly standing up at the defendant table, grabbing a pen or pencil near him and running toward the witness stand, where another member of the gang was testifying. Angilau lunges headfirst over the witness stand with his arm raised, ready to strike, and narrowly misses Tenifa, who swivels around the back of the witness stand. As the chaos unfolded, a U.S. Marshall identified in court documents as "Jane Doe" fired four shots at Angilau, 25, while instructing him to drop the pen.

Local and national news outlets have spent years fighting to get footage of the shooting publically released, but the US department of Justice has pushed back, saying the TCG could retaliate in an attempt at revenge.

US District Judge John Dowdell made the video public when he dismissed a lawsuit brought by Angilau's family claiming excessive force.

"Drop the pen out of your hand", an officer yells at Angilau after he has been shot.

Faces of the judge, attorneys and jurors are blurred out to protect their identities.

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A federal judge has released terrifying video of a gang member defendant in a racketeering trial attacking a witness with a pen, before he is shot dead by a marshal.

An FBI investigation later found the shooting was legally justified.

He said: 'Angilau was in custody, but he essentially had escaped custodial control for those seconds during which he was executing his plan to assault the witnesses. "His attack was stopped by the shots that Jane Doe rapidly fired, in less than one and one-half seconds". "There was no necessity to use force", he told KSL.

The Angilau family attorney, Bob Sykes, said Monday morning he had not yet had an opportunity to discuss an appeal with his clients but hoped to do so "shortly".

Before he died, the incident prompted US District Judge Tena Campbell, who was hearing the case, to declare a mistrial.

The video was released after a media coalition, including The Associated Press, argued for its release as an important record in a police use-of-force case, according to the AP.