Authorities in Salt Lake city released footage on Monday from a federal courtroom that shows a USA marshal shooting dead a defendant as he attempted to attack a witness with a pen.
The Justice Department maintained that the marshal who killed Angilau protected the courtroom that day, and that disclosing the video would further inflame gang members who had threatened retaliation against law enforcement after the shooting.
The video from 2014 shows Siale Angilau leaving the defense table, picking up a pen and rushing at a witness who was testifying.
"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", Dowdell wrote. The other gang member was shackled, but managed to escape to the corner of the room as Angilau leaped into the witness box and fell to the floor. "His attack was stopped by the shots that Jane Doe rapidly fired, in less than one and one-half seconds".
"Drop the pen out of your hands!" someone else yells.
Siale Angilau, 25, is seen charging towards the stand inside a Utah federal courthouse before a USA marshal fires four rounds at close range.
Faces of the judge, attorneys and jurors are blurred out to protect their identities. He also noted that the defendant was already on the ground when the Marshall fired the final three shots, CBS News also reported.
Skyes said: "There was no need to use deadly force".
Angilau's family wanted a jury to see the video to see if the marshal used appropriate force after the Federal Bureau of Investigation found the shooting was justified.
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".
The Utah Media Coalition fought for a year for Dowdell to release the footage, according to KUTV in Salt Lake City. Sykes acknowledged it was a tough case for the judge, but said he was disappointed in Dowdell's ruling.