SLC releases body-cam video showing officers chasing, shooting autistic teen

Sep 21, 2020, 5:59 PM | Updated: 7:20 pm
teen with autism police shooting record police shootings slc...
FILE: Linden Cameron was shot 11 times by police responding to a call about a potentially violent mental health episode. The teen was unarmed. He has autism. Photo: Golda Barton

SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake Police Department is releasing dramatic body-camera footage showing what led up to officers shooting 13-year-old Linden Cameron earlier this month. His mother and former SLCPD Chief Chris Burbank believe officers didn’t have a valid reason for firing their weapons. 

13-year-old boy shot by SLCPD 

A video that details only the final moments of the search and chase begins by showing an officer stepping from his police car at approximately 10:38 p.m. 

The audio begins about 40 seconds after the video begins. An officer is heard yelling “stop, get on the ground,” at a person who is seen with the help of an officer’s flashlight. The person, reportedly 13-year-old Linden Cameron, then turns and runs. An officer is heard yelling “knock it off,” and a chase ensues.

The chase happens in what looks to be an alley between houses in the area of 500 South and Navajo Street (1335 West) in Salt Lake City.

As the officer is chasing the individual, he yells to fellow officers, “coming back to you!”

Seconds later, the officer conducting the chase visibly slows down as the location changes from an ally to a neighborhood street where more officers begin yelling “get on the ground! Get on the ground now!”

The officer conducting the chase then says, “pull your hands out dude, pull your hands out.”

Seconds after that, a total of eight shots were fired and Cameron is seen lying on the ground. That is where the video ends.

The response of Cameron’s mother

Before the video was released to the public, the boy’s mother, Golda Barton was given a chance to see it and speak with Police Chief Mike Brown about what led to officers opening fire. Barton spoke exclusively to KSL TV, and said she wasn’t able to bring herself to see the video. She’s relying on her attorney to describe what they saw.

“I couldn’t bring myself to watch him [Cameron] fall,” said Barton.

Barton says officers expressed their sorrow over what happened but thinks the apology fell short.

“They just are saying that because… I don’t know why.  Really, it’s hollow words,” Barton said.

Meanwhile, her son, Linden Cameron, is still recovering.  She says he’s young and physically strong, but it’s still hard to see his injuries. “There are so many holes, dude.  There are so many holes”

Since the shooting, Barton says her family has been getting a lot of support from friends, neighbors, and total strangers.  She says her son didn’t have a weapon, and she feels officers could have done more before shooting. 

“He’s confused, a lot.  It’s confusing for him because he doesn’t understand why he’s there, or why he has to stay there,” Barton says.  “He just doesn’t understand a lot of what’s going on.”

The Salt Lake City Police Department posted the videos to their YouTube Channel.  (Warning: Graphic Content)

SLC leaders speak out 

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall says this particular shooting hit her especially hard since she also has a young teenage son.  She’s calling this shooting another tragedy in the city.

“I am profoundly heartbroken, and I am frustrated,” Mendenhall said in a news conference on Monday.

The mayor renewed the city’s pledge to release the body-camera footage of each officer-involved shooting within ten business days, calling it the “beginning of an evolution” in transparency.

“This is an effort for us to remove unnecessary obstacles and hurdles to the public as they seek out the information,” she says.

Police Chief Mike Brown says the community must find a better way to help people with mental health issues.  He says his officers are called too frequently to help in situations that aren’t criminal in nature.

 “We’re facing a mental health crisis in this country, with a void of resources for those in crisis,” Brown says.  “Make no mistake, this is a crisis.”


Ex-police chief speaks out on shooting of 13-year-old Linden Cameron

Family seeks answers after 13-year-old shot by police

Today’s Top Stories


provo police car is pictured, the department is investigation a hit-and-run...
Samantha Herrera

21-year-old woman killed in Provo hit-and-run

21-year-old Isabelle Parr was identified as the victim of a hit-and-run in Provo on Thursday. Police believe she was hit while jogging.
17 hours ago
semi rollover...
Mark Jones

Semi rollover on Legacy Highway reduces traffic to one lane

The Utah Highway Patrol says a semi traveling northbound on Legacy Highway rolled Thursday night around 7:45 p.m. The driver was not hurt.
2 days ago
Layton Police Department...
Mark Jones

Suspect in I-15 shooting named, booked into jail

The suspect involved in Wednesday's officer-involved shooting on southbound I-15 has been identified as 28-year-old Michael John Buttel.
2 days ago
UTA confrontation...
Mark Jones

Confrontation with bicyclist sends UTA bus driver to hospital

UTA officials say a confrontation between a bicyclist and a UTA bus driver resulted in the bus driver suffering a broken hip and being hospitalized.
2 days ago
Salt Lake City Police took a 44-year-old man into custody on Wednesday in connection to the burglar...
Mark Jones

SLC Police arrest man for burglarizing two law offices

Salt Lake City Police say a 44-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in connection to burglarizing two downtown law offices last week.
3 days ago
Orem auto-pedestrian collision...
Mark Jones

Two people hurt in auto-pedestrian collision in Orem

Orem police are investigating an auto-pedestrian collision that sent two people to the hospital Wednesday afternoon.
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
SLC releases body-cam video showing officers chasing, shooting autistic teen