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Group Keeps Pressure on Police, DA for Information on Abdi Mohamed Shooting

It’s been more than two months since teenage Somali refugee Abdi Mohamed was shot by Salt Lake City Police. People are still asking law enforcement to release information regarding the case.

The group Utah Against Police Brutality staged a call-in Monday, in which members phoned the Salt Lake City Police department and demanded they release the name of the officer who is under investigation for shooting 17-year-old Abdi Mohamed. They were also directed to call Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill and demand he release the body camera footage of the February 27th incident. 

Gill says the investigation is still active, noting one of the last witnesses in the case was interviewed only a week and a half ago.

“It’s actually, unfortunately about the 4th or 5th officer involved shooting,” Gill says. “There’s about three or four in front of it that our office is also working on simultaneously. So we’re trying to get to it as quickly as we can, process it appropriately and give it the attention that it deserves so we can do a thorough job.”

According to Salt Lake City Police officers witnessed two males with metal objects attacking a male victim around 8 p.m. in the area of 300 South Rio Grande Street.

When officers confronted the suspects and asked them to drop the weapons, one of them complied and the other, later identified as Abdi Mohamed continued to advance on the victim and was shot.

Mohamed awoke from a medically induced coma in mid-march.  

Whittney Evans grew up southern Ohio and has worked in public radio since 2005. She has a communications degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, where she learned the ropes of reporting, producing and hosting. Whittney moved to Utah in 2009 where she became a reporter, producer and morning host at KCPW. Her reporting ranges from the hyper-local issues affecting Salt Lake City residents, to state-wide issues of national interest. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the guitar and getting to know the breathtaking landscape of the Mountain West.
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