With complete disregard for the news cameras that were recording everything, a Salt Lake City police officer in riot gear ordered an elderly man with a cane to walk away, knocking him to the ground when he did not walk away fast enough.
“Sadly, a man was just knocked off his feet,” the ABC 4 reporter says in her live broadcast as another cop in riot gear – probably aware that the camera was rolling – walked up to the man and helped him back up.
According to ABC 4:
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – While ABC4 News was live on air during riots in Salt Lake City Saturday night they captured a police officer armed in protective gear shoving a man with a cane down onto the street.
That video has now gone viral after it was posted to the station’s ABC4 YouTube channel and has been picked up by viewers around the country, many expressed anger at the officers actions.
ABC4 has reached out to SLCPD for comment who said they have received a lot of feedback on the video. Detective Greg Wilking with SLCPD said it is one of their officers and Chief Mike Brown will be releasing a statement Sunday afternoon on the incident.
Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown issued his statement by video Sunday evening which is included in the above clip of the shoving incident. Brown called the incident “inappropriate” and said the officer will be investigated but did not release his name. He said the cop will be investigated by internal affairs as well as by the Civilian Review Board.
Watch the video below that includes the incident and the chief’s statement.