Recently released body camera footage shows the moment Salt Lake City police officers fired nearly a dozen shots at youand left him badly injured.
The shooting of Linden Cameron is currently under three investigations and his family is demanding responses after his mother’s 911 call for help resulted in the shooting of their teenage son.
“I’m not feeling well,” Linden was heard saying on a video when officers yelled at him violently, “Get on the ground.”
At some point the 13-year-old says: “Tell my mother that I love her.”
The officer’s bullets ripped through Linden’s shoulder, both at the ankles, intestines and bladder.
His mother, Golda Barton, told CBS News that he ran away for fear of the police.
“He’s a little kid. Why didn’t you just attack him? You’re a great cop with an enormous amount of resources, come on, give me a break,” she said.
In early September, Barton had called 911 and said her son was having a nervous breakdown and she needed help getting him to the hospital. She asked for onecome to the scene.
“My son has heavy, heavy, um – he doesn’t like cops at all, and that’s why we need a psychiatrist,” her 911 audio says.
Four police officers arrived on site. Barton warned her son feared the police because the sheriff’s deputies shot her father in January.
“He sees the badge and automatically thinks you’re killing him or he has to defend himself somehow,” you can hear her say on the video from the body camera.
Barton also warned officers that Linden might have access to a BB gun or propeller gun, but didn’t think he had them with him.
“I don’t think it’s a real gun,” she said repeatedly to officers.
The officer replied, “So unfortunately we all have to treat them as if they were.”
Two police officers expressed concern about the approach to Linden.
“We can call the sergeant and tell him about the situation because I’m not going to shoot because he’s upset,” said one.
Linden’s father, Michael Cameron, told CBS News’ Jamie Yuccas that the body camera footage was “the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”
“He has a heart of gold,” said Cameron. “Even as a baby he tried to do everything I did. And he definitely turned out to be a great young man.”
He said his “little buddy” Linden still has a long way to go in recovery.
“I’m afraid it will take a lot of work. And it will be tough for him,” said Cameron.
The police released the footage from the body camera on Monday. Chef Mike Brown called for more resources to deal with mental health crises.
“As a law enforcement agency, we want to partner with those who provide mental health services. As a community, we need to find a way forward,” Brown said.
The officer who fired the shots was placed on administrative leave in accordance with standard protocol.must complete a 40-hour class covering mental health issues related to police work.
Brown did not explain why the officers felt the need to shoot Linden.