Police in Farmington, Utah have released bodycam footage of a March 1 traffic stop that turned deadly after multiple cops fired into 25-year-old Chase Allan's vehicle.
Allan was shot after officers allegedly saw him reach down to his side. He was rushed to the hospital, but succumbed to his injuries a short time later, according to the New York Post.
In the beginning, an officer walks up to Allan's BMW and informs him that there appeared to be no registration visible on the vehicle.
“I don't need registration and I don't answer questions,” Allan replied, at which point the officer called for backup.
“So here's the deal, man,” he told Allan. “I'm stopping you because there's no registration on your vehicle, and I'm requesting your identification. You are detained at this time and you are not free to leave.”
Allan continued to refuse to provide any information to the officer, expressing anti-government views, even when he was told that it was his legal obligation to identify himself.
“Utah Code, United States Code, is a corporate policy, which you have to be contracted in to be required to follow it. Unless you provide me a contract with my wet ink signature on it saying that I’m required to follow it…” Allen said before being interrupted by the cop stating “so do you want to identify yourself to me or do you want to go a different route.”
“The direction this encounter goes is 100 percent in your hands,” the officer replied. Allan eventually provided his passport, but still refused to step out of the vehicle.
At that point, the officer's backup was on the scene and had Allan's vehicle surrounded. “If you don't step out of the car we're gonna break the window and pull you out,” one of them said.
As they proceeded to forcibly open the driver's side door, another officer shouted “Gun, gun, gun, gun, gun, gun, gun!” Shots rang out, hitting Allen's vehicle.
Farmington Police Chief Eric Johnsen defended the decision to fire, noting that a gun was later spotted on the floor of the vehicle.
“Officers are trained to respond using deadly force,” he explained, “when there's an imminent threat of serious bodily injury or death to them or anyone other than the suspect.”
Allan's family slammed the police department for having “stonewalled” them, as they only found out about his “brutal murder” via local media coverage.
“He has been studying law the last few years and was a patriot doing what he could to defend the people's freedom and liberty in his community,” they said of Allan, who had also been a star university soccer player.