13-year-old Linden Cameron had severe injuries after being shot by a police officer in Salt Lake City on September 4th. Golda Barton said that her son had a “mental breakdown.” She told CNN in an email that he was having trouble coping with her going back to work after not working for nearly a year.
Barton called the police and asked for a crisis intervention team to help her manage his “mental breakdown.” Police arrived, and Linden ran away. Barton then told KUTV news station, she heard someone yell at her son, “get down on the ground,” and then she heard several gunshots. Barton said,
Why didn’t they tase him? Why didn’t they shoot him with a rubber bullet?He’s a small child. Why don’t you just tackle him? You are big police officers with massive amounts of resources.
Some of Linden’s injuries include nerve damage and injuries to his shoulder, intestines, bladder, and colon. Detective Greg Wilking, the spokesperson for the Salt Lake City Police Department, told CNN
Mom can say whatever she wants, but there’s this investigation that has to happen and this process that has to take place.
The shooting is currently being investigated. After the investigation is complete, the information will be turned into the district attorney’s office. The district attorney’s office will conduct their own investigation and reach their conclusions about the incident. The civilian review board that investigates complaints regarding police conduct can also perform an investigation.
Linden currently has a gofundme fundraiser to help assist with medical bills. It is currently at a little over $74,000 of the $100,000 goal.