Utah authorities have finally released bodycam footage showing what transpired moments before a 4-year-old boy opened fire on the police during a viral incident that happened outside a McDonald’s back in February.
As previously reported, before being pulled out of his vehicle and arrested, the boy’s father, Sadaat Johnson, ordered the child to fire at the police.
Luckily, the officers saw that a child had fired the shot, which thankfully missed, and so instead of firing back, they gently pulled the boy and his sister out of the vehicle.
The incident occurred around 1:30 pm on Feb. 21st after Johnson brandished a gun at several McDonald’s employees reportedly because of an incorrect order.
“An employee at the window told police that after Johnson started arguing with her about his order, he started swearing at her and slapped the receipt out of her hand. She said Johnson became more agitated, grabbed a handgun that was sitting on the passenger seat and racked it, ejecting a bullet before putting it back on the seat and continuing to argue,” local station KSTU reported.
“The worker said she closed the drive-thru window, but Johnson then hit the window, picked up the gun and ‘began looking at it.’ She said she feared he might shoot her or others, so she backed away from the window and called 911.”
I learned from the police report what menu item Sadaat Johnson accused the McDonald’s workers of not making right. I’d never heard of the Surf and Turf. pic.twitter.com/yJBitdS0hN
— Jeremy Harris (@JeremyHarrisTV) July 15, 2022
When the authorities arrived, they ordered Johnson out of his vehicle. He refused to comply.
The authorities then pulled him out of his vehicle, dropped him to the ground, and began trying to cuff him. As this occurred, a shot rang out.
“Drop the gun!” an officer then shouted.
“Kid, kid, kids!” another officer who’d spotted the kids then yelled moments later.
The fact that the second officer saw the kids was extremely fortunate.
Just for emphasis, A 4 YEAR OLD.
Police say his dad was upset about an order, pulled a gun. When police showed up, they were trying to take the dad into custody when the child fired the weapon.
I’ll be live on @KUTV2News at 4,5, & 6 from the scene, just talked to the Sheriff. pic.twitter.com/zMgyF4Q2AU
— Jeremy Harris (@JeremyHarrisTV) February 21, 2022
“The car’s tinted windows made it difficult to see inside, but the officer saw that the person who had pulled the trigger was a 4-year-old boy,” The Salt Lake Tribune reported at the time of the incident.
By seeing the kid, the officer wound up “preventing a horrific tragedy,” police spokesperson Sgt. Melody Cutler correctly noted at the time.
Indeed, because in a situation where suspects open fire at the police, the police usually fire back, often leading to immediate death for the shooter.
After the incident occurred, the children’s mother, Alexis Davis, expressed shock over what had happened.
“It kind of brought me to my knees because he put a loaded weapon in my four year old’s hand,” she said of her husband ordering their child to shoot at the police.
Local Sheriff Rosie Rivera was equally taken aback.
“To have an adult think it is okay to encourage a -year-old to pull a firearm and shoot at police illustrates how out of hand the campaign against police has gotten,” she said in a statement back in February, according to Fox News.
“This needs to stop and we need to come together as a community to find solutions to the challenges we face in our neighborhoods. Officers are here to protect and serve and we are beyond belief that something like [this] could happen.”
“Thank god the officer was able to deflect”
Sheriff Rivera understandably getting emotional about the circumstances here. @KUTV2News @UPDSL pic.twitter.com/RPFNqi6COC
— Jeremy Harris (@JeremyHarrisTV) February 21, 2022
Johnson was at the time charged with “third-degree felonies of child abuse/neglect and aggravated assault, as well as a misdemeanor charge of interference with an arresting officer,” according to KSTU.
Strangely enough, despite the horrific nature of the crime, Johnson’s mugshot could be found nowhere on the internet back then. Months later, it’s still missing.
Critics wonder whether the media have purposefully hidden Johnson’s mugshot because he’s not white:
Five minutes of searching couldn’t unearth a photo of the kid’s father Sadaat Johnson, so… https://t.co/cEiRQWK3bu
— centerfire (@centerf1re) July 16, 2022
I am seeing a blatant trend. When a headline/story of similar stories omit race, we know the suspect isn’t “white.” If the individual is white it will certainly be noted. THIS is systemic racism and racial conditioning.
FYI- Suspect name is Sadaat Johnson. I had to dig for it. pic.twitter.com/kLCapmWtSa
— Courage and the Constitution (PeW/pEw) (@CourageandtheC1) February 22, 2022
Sadaat Johnson. THE RACE OF THIS PERSON IS??? JUST CURIOUS.. These poor little kids need not be this this EVIL MAN..
— Sandra L. Manzi (@SManzi) February 26, 2022
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