A young Utah law student was shot dead by cops during a traffic stop – and his family now claim they found out about the killing from news reports.
Chase Allen, 25, was gunned down by five cops from Farmington Police Department on March 1 as his blue BMW 3-Series was parked outside a local post office.
Cops claim the situation escalated after Allen became non-compliant after being asked why his sedan didn’t have a license plate. It’s unclear if he was armed.
Grim photos taken shortly afterwards show Allen’s feet, clad in red hi-top sneakers, peeping out from the bottom of a stretcher, while his bullet-riddled car sat nearby.
Allen’s family say they weren’t properly informed of his brutal death. They’ve accused the police department of unlawfully killing their loved-one, and have accused cops of a cover-up.
In a statement to FOX 13, Allan’s family said that the death has been ‘devastating and tragic’ and that they’ve ‘not been permitted’ to see him yet.
‘Police are stonewalling us. Our family has not been permitted to see Chase and has not been contacted by authorities or justice departments with information surrounding this investigation,’ wrote Diane Allan, Chase’s mother.
‘Our family was not properly notified of Chase’s death as next of kin. We found out about Chase’s death along with the entirety of our community via news reporters and articles written online.’
Allan graduated from Davis High School in 2016, before going to play soccer at UC-Davis and Utah State University.
His mother said that he’d been studying law in recent years.
‘[Chase] was a gracious, loving soul who was known by everyone in his community to be caring, thoughtful, and kind and would do anything for someone in need,’ she wrote.
‘He was always selflessly helping and protecting others in need.’
The statement claims that there had been a request for multiple officers to the scene a couple of blocks before the stop. Police have offered few details about the case.
The five officers involved have been placed on administrative leave during an investigation – making up 20 percent of the force.
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