Cops fired 12 shots at Utah law student, 25, killed sitting in his car during traffic stop – Chase Allan’s family protest officers on the scene were immediately ordered to turn off bodycams
Police killed a car’s occupant after five officers fired 12 shots into vehicle they pulled over for a traffic stop in Farmington, Utah
Chase Allan, 25, died sin hospital after five officers from Farmington PD, shot at his parked BMW outside a local post office, on Feb 1
Within 4 minutes on the scene were instructed to turn off their bodycams after the fatal shooting – same instruction was transmitted 16 minutes later
The five officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, but have not given statements
Allan’s family who have complained they were not informed as next of kin, instead found out about the horrific killing through news reports, dispute the police account
The victim’s mother, Diane Allan has, a pending lawsuit against the Farmington police dept, as well as its police chief for a separate traffic offense, filed in April 2022
Police who fired 12 shots at a young Utah man who had been pulled over for a traffic stop were instructed to turn off their body cameras just minutes after the fatal shooting.
Chase Allan, 25, was gunned down by five cops from Farmington Police Department in Davis County, Utah, on March 1, as his blue BMW 3-Series was parked outside a local post office.
Police claim that Allan was made a target when he failed to exit his vehicle.
In contrast his mother Diane Allan believes her son was ‘terrified for his safety.’
The victim’s family claim they were not properly informed of Chase Allan’s ‘brutal murder’ and comes after his mother sued the Farmington Police Department over her own traffic incident.
It remains unclear whether the Allan was armed as the community reels from the loss and family desperately search for answers.
His mother is claiming information has been scarce and police have been ‘stonewalling’ her efforts to access information about what unfolded.
About four minutes after the shooting took place on Wednesday, a first call went out over the radio to police officers in the post office parking lot. Another call went out about 16 minutes later, Fox 13 reports.
In the first call-out officers who are ‘off the scene’ are told to turn off their cameras.
In the second, all officers ‘on the Farmington incident’ are told to make sure the cameras are turned off.
Shots were fired at 3.27pm Wednesday afternoon, at 3.31pm cops were instructed: ‘If you’re off the scene, you can go ahead and kill your bodycams.’
At 3.46 pm a second transmission heard said: ‘Make sure that all the bodycams have been shut off now.’
’10-4. All units on the Farmington incident, make sure your bodycams are shut off.’
Most police departments make use of body cameras for the purpose of accountability and transparency. Policies are also in place to explain why they would be turned on and off.
According to Chief Eric Johnsen, officers are asked to turn off their body cameras within a reasonable amount of time after an officer-involved shooting for a variety of reasons.
The body cameras have been sequestered by a supervisor in the wake of the incident with members of the Davis County Officer-Involved Critical Incident Response Team tasked with reviewing every second of body camera video.
The Farmington Police Department’s body camera policy states: ‘The portable recorder should remain on continuously until the member reasonably believes his or her direct participation in the incident is complete or the situation no longer fits the criteria for activation.’
Chief Johnsen said the five officers are given two ‘sleep cycles’ prior to giving a statement. They have not been interviewed yet.
The five officers involved, about 20 percent of the department, have been placed on administrative leave during an investigation. The officers will be able to review their body camera video prior to giving statements.
Chief Johnsen says he has not reviewed the video yet either.
But it isn’t the first encounter that the Davis County department has had an incident involving the Allan family. Allan’s mother, Diane, sued the Farmington Police Department over a traffic stop in April last year.
According to court records, Diane said the police had no right to conduct that traffic stop.
Documents filed in federal court show Diane believes the city of Farmington’s rules doesn’t apply to her as an independent resident of the state of Utah.
Allan represented herself in filing the lawsuit.
As ‘one of the sovereign people of Utah,’ driving her own vehicle in Farmington, Allan argued she had an ‘inherent right’ to ‘access the public roads without her Liberty restrained,’ she wrote in the suit.
Allan claimed those rights were violated on April 7, 2022, when police pulled her over.
The Utah’s justice courts citation alleges Allan did not have a license with her as she drove on an expired registration.
Police at the time of Diane’s traffic offense said the expired registration was the reason for the stop, she disputed this reasoning.
‘Defendants wrongfully claim to have the right to enforce traffic codes in the face of Plaintiff’s Constitutional Rights,’ Diane wrote.
The lawsuit claims she refused to provide her license, registration or insurance information to police.
She countered by saying one of the officers as throwing ‘the paper citation through Plaintiff’s window’ before walking away.
Later, Diane Allan described going to the Farmington Police Department along with her son to hand-deliver what she called ‘the Rescissioned [contract cancellation] citation.’
She claimed Johnsen’s statement warning her car could be impounded amounted to ‘a declaration of war against Plaintiff,’ according to the lawsuit.
The federal government has filed multiple motions to dismiss the case, which Diane has appealed in motions of her own. It remains open at this time.
Diane has been desperately seeking answers about the circumstances surrounding her son’s death from the police department following the March 1 shooting to no avail.
She claimed in a statement released to the media that she found out about the horrific killing through news reports.
Cops have claimed the shooting was a result of Allan’s non compliant after they asked why his sedan didn’t have a license plate.
Grim photos taken shortly afterwards show Allen’s feet, clad in red hi-top sneakers, peeping out from the bottom of a stretcher, while his bullet-riddled car sat nearby.
Allen’s family say they weren’t properly informed of his brutal death. They’ve accused the police department of unlawfully killing their loved-one, and have accused cops of a cover-up.
In a statement to FOX 13, Allan’s family said that the death has been ‘devastating and tragic’ and that they’ve ‘not been permitted’ to see him yet.
‘Police are stonewalling us. Our family has not been permitted to see Chase and has not been contacted by authorities or justice departments with information surrounding this investigation,’ wrote Diane Allan, Chase’s mother.
‘Our family was not properly notified of Chase’s death as next of kin. We found out about Chase’s death along with the entirety of our community via news reporters and articles written online.’
Chase was living at home with his parents at the time of the shooting in the same city where he had grown up. He graduated from Davis High School in 2016, before going to play soccer at UC-Davis and Utah State University. His mother said that he’d been studying law in recent years.
The statement claims that there had been a request for multiple officers to the scene a couple of blocks before the stop. Police have offered few details about the case.
‘There’s a lot missing from this, right? What the circumstances were,’ said Chris Burbank, retired Salt Lake City police chief to the outlet.
On Wednesday around 3.30 pm Allan was pulled over in a post office parking lot for driving with no license plates.
A Farmington police officer requested backup and, according to police, Allan refused to exit the vehicle.
Officers said that during the attempt to get him out, multiple shots were fired.
‘That’s how we train and I know my guys and if they fired shots I’m certain they were in fear of their life,’ said Farmington Police chief Eric Johnsen to FOX 13.
‘I will argue there is no license plate infraction in this country that is worth the loss of someone’s life,’ said Burbank.
Allan was shot inside the car and later died in hospital.
‘It is the responsibility of the government to tell the public what we engaged in,’ Burbank said.
‘This is not unique to just cities or problems. We’re seeing this and it really is a failure of our system that we can change.’
None of the Farmington Police officers were injured and he Davis County Critical Incident Protocol Team has taken over the investigation.
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