DRAMATIC 24-second footage from a 2014 gang-related racketeering trial has been released after a media coalition argued it was a public record in an important police use-of-force case.
It shows Siale Angilau, a member of the Tongan Crips gang, rising from his seat beside his lawyer during the witness testimony and grabbing his lawyer’s pen.
According to The Sun, someone is heard yelling: “Whoa, whoa, whoa,” but before any officers could react, Angilau sprints towards the witness and leaps with his right arm cocked overhead with the pen in hand.
The man jumps back to avoid being hit as Angilau falls feet-first over the front of the witness stand and the unidentified US marshal fires his gun.
A woman cries out in horror while other law enforcement in suits run toward the witness stand.
Angilau’s defence lawyer jumps under a desk while prosecutors stand in shock.