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A police officer shot a 16-year-old boy when he refused to drop the broomstick he was holding in Salt Lake City last night.
The officer was responding to an unrelated call in the Utah capital at 8.15pm when his team spotted two teenagers arguing with a man, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Surrounding them, police allegedly told the boy to drop what he was holding - part of a broomstick.
When he did not, 'shots were fired'. The boy was hit in the chest and the stomach.
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Aftermath: Police stop a different boy as he walks away from a crowd that formed around the scene of a shooting, where an officer allegedly gunned down a 16-year-old boy in Salt Lake City on Saturday night
A man confronts a police officer after the shooting. Cops allegedly shot a boy after he didn't drop a broomstick
Once shots were fired, hundreds of people flooded the streets in downtown Salt Lake City screaming at officers and throwing rocks, bottles and other debris at officers
The shooting sparked fierce protests that ripped through the city on Saturday night.
Around 100 officers were dispatched to contain the uproar as crowds shouted and threw objects at police, Fox reports.
The boy's friend, Selam Mohammed, who was stood next to him at the time, claims the officers only gave the boy one chance to drop the broomstick in his hand.
'The police said "drop it" once, then they shot him four times,' Mohammed told Fox News.
'We were trying to break it up before the police even came, but the police ran in on foot and pulled their guns out already, they already had them, like, as soon as he was running he was already grabbing for his gun, not even trying to Tase him or anything...
'He said "drop it" [then] boom boom! Four times.'
Once shots were fired, hundreds of people flooded the streets screaming at officers and throwing rocks, bottles and other debris at officers, Fox reports.
Utah's transit authority shut down tram services in the area until 11pm as multiple law enforcement agencies combined to tackle the uproar.
Fans at the Utah Jazz game at Vivint Smart Home Arena were advised mid-game to avoid the area on leaving.
Detective Greg Wilking told the Tribune he did not know how many shots were fired or whether an officer fired them.
Salt Lake City police told the newspaper that one officer - and possibly a second one - were involved in the shooting.
The shooting sparked fierce protests that ripped through the city on Saturday night. Here, a woman holds a young boy as a crowd of people clash with police after the officer-involved shooting in downtown Salt Lake City
The victim's friend told police he was given just one chance to drop the broomstick. Pictured: protests after
The victim was taken to a hospital, the Tribune reported.
City police were helped by officers from three other departments as onlookers threw rocks at officers and yelled obscenities, the Tribune said. Police closed a light rail stop in the neighborhood.
Police detained multiple people but Wilking could not elaborate on the reason for the detentions.
There were 'a lot of hostile people upset about what had taken place,' Wilking told the Tribune.
At 8.40pm, a line of officers moved protesters down a sidewalk, the newspaper reported.
There are a number of homeless shelters in the neighborhood, and business owners have long complained about the homeless population and drug dealing, the Tribune said.
@ Rulf de Gehto Travler-I'm tired"..I so feel your pain.Your comment is true and very touching. These are the frustrations of life for those who just wants a peaceful world.
This is not the only shooting, I see in New York the cops and the media work closely together. People are being shot in the back and killed while running away from police and I hear very little about it. Or New Yorkers no longer care?
So a sixteen year old with a broomstick is a threat to an officers life because he refused to drop it, after one request? How much you want to bet the officer who shot him will most likely get away with a slap on the wrist...when you look under the surface and dig deep, you will realize we are not better off than when slavery started in this country...sad but true. My prayers go out to the young man that he might survive.
Did he survive?
But,the wicked wont prosper forever...
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