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National media can’t be expected to ignore the rioting that occurred in Ferguson, but questions have also been raised as to whether media overkill actually helped fuel and prolong the unrest. Some of the protesters arrested by St. Louis police hail from as far as California, Illinois, New York and Texas.

As with the Brown case, what provoked police to shoot Mr. Taylor is under investigation. Officers were responding to a report of a man “waving a gun around” when they confronted Mr. Taylor, his brother and his cousin leaving the 7-Eleven.

“South Salt Lake Police Sgt. Darin Sweeten said three officers gave Taylor verbal commands to reveal his hands, but Taylor failed to comply and was ‘visibly upset,’” said an Aug. 19 report in the Deseret [Utah] News. “Taylor was subsequently shot and died at the scene.”

Family members have said Mr. Taylor was unarmed, although police have not confirmed that. His brother Jerrail Taylor told the Salt Lake Tribune that Dillon was wearing headphones and didn’t hear police until they surrounded him.

Jerrail Taylor also said his brother may have been pulling up his pants before responding to a command to lie down on the ground when he was shot.

Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank said at an Aug. 19 press conference that the officer, whom he described as “not a white officer,” was wearing a body camera. He said the video would be released after the investigation into the shooting had been completed.

“The officer did not set out to use deadly force,” said Mr. Burbank on the press conference video. “We have an unfortunate incident where Dillon Taylor lost his life. But I cannot stress enough that this is not Ferguson.”

Mr. Taylor was wanted on a $25,000 bench warrant “for a probation violation in connection with felony robbery and obstructing justice convictions,” according to the Salt Lake Tribune, although it’s unlikely that the officers who accosted him were aware of the warrant.

A post on his Facebook page four days before his death reflects his stress over the warrant: “im gonna have warrnts out for my arrest soon. ALL my family has turned and snitched on me. ill die before I go do a lot of time in a cell.”

Video shows Mr. Brown had just robbed a convenience store and shoved a clerk before he was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The officer, who reportedly went to the hospital afterward for an X-ray on his swollen face and eye socket, shot the unarmed victim six times.