SLCPD shooting: Neighbors stunned to learn victim was their 'peaceful' neighbor (with video) | The Salt Lake Tribune
With all the fuss about police wearing body cams I thought I'd share this to show an instance where it tells a pretty clear story of what preceded the shooting. It appears as though the shovel strikes disabled the camera so once the attack begins the video goes dead. However it pretty clearly shows what the officer was dealing with and leaves little question he had to defend himself.Those were the words James Dudley Barker’s longtime friend used to describe allegations that Barker used a shovel to attack a Salt Lake City police officer with bone-breaking force before the officer shot Barker to death in a yard just one block from Barker’s home.
"James was an incredibly peaceful person," said Summer Osburn, who became friends with Barker 20 years ago while they were students at Brigham Young University.