Justice For Nykon Brandon


On August 14, a call was made to the SLCPD about a man trying to steal beer from a brewing company. This caller reported a man, Nykon Brandon, who was “a danger to himself” and requested that “mental health resources respond,” after he attempted to enter the brewery in his underwear and began running around the street.

Nykon Brandon, 35, was pronounced dead an hour after being violently restrained by the police without regard for his life.

Watching the body-cam video, it is obvious Brandon is no danger to the approaching police. He is unarmed —no weapon was found at the scene —and he is running from them. The police officer wearing the body-cam tackles him and forces his face into the gravel. As he struggles with Brandon, other police officers join him. Eventually, up to 5 police officers are seen forcing him onto the ground as one tries to handcuff him.

At one point, Brandon does place his hand near an officer’s gun. As this was called out by an officer, Brandon’s head was shoved even harder onto the ground by multiple police officers while his arm was forced into handcuffs.

There are multiple points where the officers are seen punching Brandon in the back of the head. After they get his hands into the cuffs, they continue to lean on top of him; multiple officers keep their hands on the back of his head and neck, forcing his face to the ground. Instead of kneeling on people’s necks, the state has moved on to choking them with their hands.

After the police relax a little bit, they tell him they will let him sit up if he stops resisting, and that Brandon will be okay, all while he moans in pain. Afterward, his heavy breathing and moaning stop, and the police ask if he is alive.

This is where the video ends. Afterward, they give him multiple doses of Narcan and start chest compressions. Eventually, they decided to bring him to a hospital, but at 4:16 P.M. Brandon was pronounced dead.

This is cold-blooded murder. As much as the police want us to believe they were in danger, watching the video, it is obvious that they were not. Brandon was unarmed and was obviously having a mental health episode and in need of real help.

In fact, the police officers should have been aware of this, as the party who called 911 requested “mental health resources.” This seems like a very reasonable request, especially since the party who called was the party “harmed” by the crime. Instead, the police have decided that social workers “will not be called upon as an individual first responder when someone is being violent or when the situation is unstable.”

The question is, what counts as unstable to these police officers? If the original callers of 911 were not in danger and requested mental health resources, what makes SLCPD think social workers would be? What makes them think that they have a right to assault and kill a man in broad daylight?

The murderers of Nykon Brandon were placed on paid leave. The SLCPD told The Washington Post that the encounter was “a very dynamic, violent, and dangerous situation for our police officers.” This was state-sanctioned murder and the Pigs who committed this atrocity are now getting paid to sit at home, They are free while Nykon Brandon is dead. How is this fair? How is this equal? How this is serving and protecting the community?

Nykon Brandon deserves justice. All victims of police brutality deserve justice. SLCPD Chief Mike Brown released this statement: “Our police officers come to work to protect our community. In the face of great stress, danger, and uncertainty, they are trained to remain professional and show strength and resiliency. We are committed to carefully reviewing the investigative findings in this case. As a forward-thinking department, we will use those findings to evaluate our policies, training, and procedures to continue ensuring we are making our city safer.”

How ironic coming from the foot soldiers of Erin Mendenhall, responsible for countless abatements and killings through SLC.

We call for immediate justice for Nykon Brandon and immediate detainment of these murderers on the loose.

To take action to help organize against police brutality, consider getting involved with Decarcerate Utah, Utah Against Police Brutality, ACLU Utah, and Black Lives Matter.

The People need to unite against this common enemy in our neighborhoods.

Justice for Nykon Brandon

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