[WATCH] Who Is Clinton Fox? The Utah Cop Who Fatally Shot Patrick Harmon Won’t Face Charges

Police handcuffed Harmon while he was on the ground and transported him to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The fatal shooting of Harmon has once again brought issues of police brutality and racial profiling to the fore, along with questions about the de-escalation tactics for which Salt Lake City’s police department once received praise.

A HuffPost report from May touted the department’s record of not having killed anyone in the last 20 months, citing de-escalation training which encourages officers to “communicate and empathize with suspects, take stock of the factors contributing to a confrontation, and consider ways to disengage before the situation spirals out of control.”

“The Salt Lake City Police Department is probably one of the leading agencies in the country as far as how we train and deploy and use these tactics to de-escalate and save lives,” Police Chief Mike Brown told a local Fox affiliate at the time. “It’s amazing to see the training go into effect.”

Despite the department having broken its streak of reported success with de-escalation, Brown said he stands by his Fox’s decision to fatally shoot Harmon and agrees with the district attorney’s evaluation of what happened that night. “I believe our officers have the training and judgement and ability to make split-second decisions in dynamic situations,” he said in a statement.

Harmon’s death, his niece said, has proven that the training can only be so effective when biases against people of color endure.

“He was just being profiled,” Shaw said. “Why do we have to fight so hard for justice? All we want is to be treated equal as a black person instead of being profiled and looked at as if we were a threat.”

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