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Why did DA Sim Gill find the police shooting of a handcuffed man legally justified?


Today on “In the Hive,” we feature a conversation with Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill. Last week, Gill announced that he would not be filing criminal charges against West Valley City Police Sgt. Tyler Longman in the shooting death of Michael Chad Breinholt.

On August 23, 2019, Sgt. Longman shot and killed 31-year-old Breinholt after the handcuffed man tried to grab another officer’s holstered gun. Body camera footage of the incident obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune reveals that Longman said “you’re about to die my friend,” before firing the shot that killed Breinholt.

Sim Gill says that had certain processes been in place, what began as a mental health call wouldn’t have resulted in a tragic death. However, he says Utah law – as it is currently written – prevents him from filing charges.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill

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