Case still on, partial resolution linked to fatal police shooting of Dillon Taylor
(KUTV) The biggest legal fight in the deadly police shooting of 20-year-old Dillon Taylor may be yet to come; but his family has received a settlement for alleged "unconstitutional" arrests of his brother and cousin.
Robert Cummings, attorney for the family, said in the aftermath of the resolution, "they're looking forward to progress in the case."
A Salt Lake police officer shot and killed Taylor outside a 7-Eleven on State Street, in August 2014, and investigators quickly took brother Jerrail Taylor and cousin Adam Thayne -- who were with Dillon ---into custody.
Gina Thayne, Dillon's aunt, said police kept the young men "in handcuffs for five hours," and treated them "as if they were criminals."
The aunt said one of the men asked an investigator if Dillon had died, and was told that he passed away at the scene.
"And then he (the officer) left him there sobbing for another twenty minutes, with handcuffs on," said the aunt.
"They should have been treated as persons who witnessed just a horrific incident," said Cummings. "There are a lot of things that could have been handled differently."
Terms of the settlement over the "detention claims" included an $85,000 payment from Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, and Salt Lake County, "updated training" for officers in similar situations, and no admission of liability for the defendants.
Cummings said South Salt Lake and Salt Lake County were also dismissed from the family's ongoing lawsuit.
"Clearly a big part of the case going forward is going to be officers' use of excessive force," said Cummings, who praised negotiations by lawyers for the cities and county.
Still, Cummings expressed confidence on the merits of the wrongful death case.
"We look at this case on the facts, and I think the video, the body cam, and the evidence strongly suggest that what happened here is wrong," he said.
Reportedly, police had received a call of a man brandishing a gun in the area of the convenience store.
Body cam video showed Dillon Taylor with his hands in his pants, and an officer is heard repeatedly yelling for Taylor to show his hands.
DA Sim Gill said in quick "succession," Taylor "lifted his shirt up and moved his hand in a drawing motion from the waistband."
Gill deemed the shooting justified.
Dillon Taylor, his brother, and cousin were not armed.
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