Black Man Allegedly Shot in Back by Police Deserves Justice

Target: Simarjit Singh Gill, District Attorney for Salt Lake County, Utah

Goal: Prosecute Officer Clinton Fox for the alleged shooting of Patrick Harmon.

Footage has surfaced online of Utah police allegedly gunning down a fleeing suspect, prompting calls for the officer involved to face charges. Fifty-year-old African American man Patrick Harmon was pulled over by police in Salt Lake City for riding a bicycle without a light. Police then allegedly found Fox had an outstanding warrant. According to the district attorney’s office, he tried to flee officers, threatening them with a knife. The Guardian reported, “The district attorney’s office claimed that Harmon said ‘I’ll cut you’ and turned and faced officers with a knife as he was running.”

However, the police department’s own body-cam footage seems to raise questions about the official story. In the video, Harmon appeared to be running from officers when he was shot. He wasn’t heard making any threats. Instead, Fox allegedly could be heard shouting “I’ll f—ing shoot you.”

The district attorney has alleged Harmon could be seen carrying a knife in slowed-down footage, though many viewers of the original video have stated they can’t see any weapons – except the ones carried by officers. See the video for yourself below.

If you believe the officer who fired the shots should be held accountable, sign this petition demanding his prosecution.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Mr. Gill,

Police should only fire their weapons when they’re in fear of an imminent threat to the lives of themselves or others. Police claim to have feared for their lives when Officer Clinton Fox allegedly gunned down suspect Patrick Harmon. In the official narrative, Harmon allegedly threatened police with a knife, and turned towards them when he was shot. In the footage, Fox could be heard threatening Harmon, before shooting him as he appeared to be running.

“How could anyone with eyes and ears believe that that officer was justified?” Local Black Lives Matter organizer Lex Scott has asked. Speaking to The Salt Lake Tribune, Scott argued, “You can’t watch that video and not realize it is a clear case of murder… It is one of the clearest cases of murder we’ve ever seen.”

To settle the controversy, we therefore urge you to charge Fox for the shooting. If Fox believes he was justified in shooting a man who video suggests appeared to be running away, let him do so in a court room.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. Considering the video this should not have happening if the Police in question acted more professional and by that use the taser or in worst case scenario shot Mr. Patrick Harmon in the leg.
    To kill some one for just running away is according to me excessive force and would not happen in Sweden as I live.

    I have not been with the US Police force on the field or experience the violence on the street of USA, but to me of the information I come a cross it seems to me that some Police officers are way too trigger happy.

    I don’t know what they learn in the Police Academy, but one thing is for sure, that is something that doesn’t work or are not implemented for better handling towards
    US citizens despite the ethnic background (color of the skin).

    Mr. Patrick Harmon’s relative and friends have my deepest condolences.

  2. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop afro holocaust now!

  3. adriana rojas says:

    Cops always have a way of changing their stories around. They have to lie to save their jobs.

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