VIDEO: Same Ogden, UT Police Force Killed Man Armed Only With Golf Club in 2010 RaidBy Scott Gacek | The Daily Chronic January 10, 2012
OGDEN, UT — The same Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force that was involved in a shootout with a US Army veteran last week, which led to the death of one police officer and the wounding of several others, was caught on video lethally shooting 45 year old Todd Blair in a similar raid on his home in September 2010.
The video, originally aired by the Salt Lake Tribune, shows police serving a “no-knock warrant”, kicking in the front door yelling “Police! Search warrant!” Just seconds in, Blair is seen emerging from his bedroom, no doubt startled by the commotion and sudden intrusion in his home, holding a golf club above his head.
He is instantly fired upon by a police officer and drops to the ground. There is no calls from the officer to drop the weapon, just three gunshots, killing Blair. A search of the home turned up a small amount of marijuana.
The Weber County Attorney’s Office found the shooting to be legally justified under Utah law. The very same Weber County Attorney’s Office is seeking the death penalty in the Matthew Stewart case.
Stewart, 37, shot and killed a police officer, and wounded five others, in a raid on his home last week by the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force.
Warning: The video footage below is graphic and disturbing, and shows a police raid in which a man is shot to death. Viewer discretion is advised.
by Scott Gacek
A long time marijuana reform activist from Boston, Scott Gacek served on the Board of Directors of MassCann, the Massachusetts state NORML chapter, from 2009-2011. In July 2013, Scott assumed the role of Editor in Chief of The Daily Chronic.