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17 year old Somali refugee shoot by US police, protest

United States, Utah: A 17 year old Somali refugee, Abdi Mohamed, shoot by United States (US) police, which is critically wounded. Hundreds of people have rallied in Salt Lake City in the United States (US) state of Utah to protest against a police shooting. The Monday night protest in Utah, where speakers urged people to stand up to police and demand accountability,  highlighted the latest flashpoint in the national discussion about police use of force, especially with minority victims.

Mohamed, was shot twice in the torso by police on Saturday night. Officers say the incident occurred in downtown Salt Lake City when Mohamed and another person attacked somebody with metal sticks, the AP news agency reported. Citing his family, local media reported that Mohamed is now out of a coma. On Monday night, protesters held signs saying “Stop killer cops” as they questioned why the police had to use lethal force to combat the teenager and his offsider.

Despite calls for police to release the video from body cameras worn by the officers involved in the incident, authorities have so far withheld the footage, saying it would be prejudicial to the ongoing investigation. “While there is body camera footage, there is currently an active and open investigation into this matter, and release of the body camera recordings could reasonably be expected to interfere with that investigation,” police said in a statement.


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