The Latest: Group outraged at clearing of police in shooting

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) " The Latest on a Utah prosecutor's ruling that a police shooting of a Utah teen was justified (all times local):

2:20 p.m.

An anti-police brutality group is upset that a Utah prosecutor has ruled that two police officers were justified in shooting and critically wounding a teenage Somali refugee earlier this year.

Stephen Michael Christian of Utah Against Police Brutality says he is outraged that Abdullahi "Abdi" Mohamed was charged in juvenile court Monday with aggravated robbery and possession of meth with the intent to distribute stemming from a suspected drug deal and a dispute over money when Mohamed was shot.

Christian called Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill an enemy of the community. He says it also shows that young black men are considered more violent and menacing than their white peers.

The group is planning a protest Tuesday night in Salt Lake City.

Gill said Monday that the officers acted appropriately when they fired at Mohamed on Feb. 27 because police believed he was about to seriously injure or kill a man with a metal broom handle.

Court records show Mohamed started getting in trouble with police at age 12 and spent time in juvenile detention centers for theft, trespassing and assault. The most recent run in before the February shooting came a month earlier, when he was charged with possessing alcohol.

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1:45 p.m.

A teenage Somali refugee shot by Salt Lake City police is being charged as a juvenile in an attack that led up to the shooting.

Court documents show Abdullahi "Abdi" Mohamed was charged in juvenile court Monday with aggravated robbery and possession of meth with the intent to distribute.

It came the same day Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill announced that police were justified in shooting the then-17-year-old in February near a downtown homeless shelter.

Gill says police acted appropriately because they believed the teen, who turned 18 in April, was about to seriously injure or kill a man with a metal stick.

Mohamed's attorney, Alicia Memmott, didn't immediately comment.

Court spokesman Geoff Fattah says Mohamed is set to appear in court Wednesday.

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11:10 a.m.

A Utah prosecutor says a police shooting that critically wounded a 17-year-old Somali refugee in Salt Lake City was justified.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said Monday that officers acted appropriately when they fired in February at Abdi Mohamed, who was struck twice in the torso.

Police have said two officers intervened as Mohamed and a second person beat a man with metal sticks. The officers fired when Mohamed menacingly moved toward the victim instead of obeying orders to drop the object.

His family disputes that account, saying they have been told that Mohamed had a broomstick and misunderstood the command.

The beating victim didn't need medical attention.

The Feb. 27 shooting sparked immediate unrest in the downtown area and protests in the days afterward.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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