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Last Wednesday, Chase Allan was fatally shot in the post office parking lot after being stopped for driving without license plates. The police had disclosed earlier that Allan declined to comply with the officers and resisted arrest after a firearm was discovered inside his vehicle.

Police body cameras worn in Farmington during an officer-involved shooting on Wednesday were turned off just five minutes after the shots were fired.

The audio from police scanners provides a full account of the incident.

Shots were heard at 3:26 p.m., chest compressions began at 3:29 p.m., and at 3:32 p.m., the instruction was given to turn off the body cameras at the scene.

The Davis County Officer-Involved Critical Incident Protocol has a specific provision regarding the deactivation of body cameras after an officer-involved shooting.

The protocol designates certain individuals who can make the decision to turn off the cameras. Specifically, the Davis County Investigative Bureau Chief, Operations Section Chief, or Lead Investigator, present at the scene, may order the shutdown of all active dash and body cameras.

This is to prevent the creation of hours of video footage with no evidentiary value, which would have to be thoroughly examined by Protocol Investigators later. It should be noted that the Davis County Investigative Bureau Chief and the Operations Section Chief are both appointed by the County Attorney’s Office, once the case has been referred to them. In this particular case, the Lead Investigator is the Bountiful City Police, which has been appointed as the independent investigator.

Furthermore, Farmington City also has its own policy outlining the circumstances under which officers can switch off their body cameras. This policy conforms to the guidelines specified in Utah’s state code by state legislators.


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