Siale Angilau Shot In Courtroom After Attacking Witness

Lester Mason
March 13, 2018

That can include beer thefts, robberies and shooting at opposing gang members, he said. US District Judge John Dowdell decided to make the video public after he dismissed a lawsuit brought by Angilau's family claiming excessive force.

Tenifa reportedly testified for over 20 minutes about the gang's activities before Angilau charged him. In this photo, a view from behind the witness stand looking towards the gallery in Courtroom #8 which will be full of prospective jury candidates, one day before jury selection begins for the Michael Jackson child molestation trial at the Superior Court of California courthouse in Santa Maria, California, Jan 30, 2005.

Authorities have identified the USA marshal only as Jane Doe. He said the video shows that the marshal "panicked" and should have used other methods to subdue Angilau.

"Get on the ground", someone yelled in the direction of Angilau.

"Drop the pen. Drop the pen out of your hand", an officer yells at the defendant, as chaos ensues in the courtroom.

"Stay right here, don't move", another voice commands.

The version of the video that Judge John E. Dowdell ordered to be unsealed is somewhat redacted. The police marshal's identity is now under suppression.

The clip of the incident, that took place in 2014, has only now been released to the public after US District Judge John Dowdell dismissed a lawsuit brought by Angilau's family claiming excessive force. They supported journalists' efforts to see the video. "There was no necessity to use force", Sykes said. The marshal has been identified only as "Doe" in court filings.

"The video completely contradicts plaintiffs' argument that Angilau stopped posing a danger within less than one second of launching himself over the witness stand while making a stabbing motion with a pen in hand", NBC News affiliate KSL reported Dowdell wrote.

Angilau's family sued the court, with attorney Robert Sykes saying Angilau had ceased hostilities after leaping into the witness box.

The video shows the deputy USA marshal, identified in court documents only as Jane Doe, unholster her gun and fire four quick shots at Angilau while backing up. Glendale community members have organized a coalition called the "Raise Your Pen Coalition". However, on Friday, Dowdell dismissed the suit on the basis that the marshal had reasonable belief the defendant was going to harm or kill the witness.

Then, he says, the marshal continues to fire when Angilau is already on the floor, which was "improper".

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