UPDATE: March 3, 4:52 p.m.
FARMINGTON, Utah (ABC4) — The Farmington Police Department released a statement on Friday, March 3, with descriptions of what the body-worn cameras on responding officers captured, including the presence of a gun.
Police say Chase Allan “asserted his independence from the laws of the land” during the traffic stop and refused to cooperate with the officer.
Chase Allen was allegedly stopped by a Farmington officer outside the United States Postal Service office on Wednesday, March 1, due to his vehicle having an “illegitimate license plate.”
In Friday’s press release, Farmington police say a body-worn camera shows the driver, later identified as Chase Allan, 25, rolled down his window only a few inches and refused to provide identification or cooperate with the officer.
According to Farmington police, Chase Allan reportedly asserted his belief that he was not required to provide information to the officer and, because of that, he was not required to cooperate.
At this point, the initial officer reportedly called for assistance. The press release states that a supervisor, two officers, and a trainee responded to assist with the situation.
Farmington police say officers had tried multiple times to persuade Chase Allan to cooperate and exit the vehicle. Chase Allan allegedly continued to refuse to exit the vehicle. This was when an officer reportedly opened the door to the car while another officer attempted to remove Chase Allan from the car.
A third officer allegedly yelled out the words, “gun. gun, gun!,” which prompted a struggle that only lasted a few seconds. After that, gunshots could be heard, according to the press release.
Police say they saw an empty holster on Chase Allan’s right hip and a handgun lying on the driver-side floorboard of the car.
“Video footage is only one part of complete comprehension of the incident, and we recognize that our understanding of the incident may change as more information and evidence is gathered and analyzed,” said representatives from Farmington Police Department. “We don’t draw any final conclusions regarding the actions of the officers until the protocol investigation has been completed.”
Supervisors from Farmington Police Department say they intend to release the videos to the public as soon as possible.
The investigation is being handled by the Davis County Critical Protocol Team.
ORIGINAL STORY: Mother of man shot to death by Farmington Police claims to be ‘sovereign citizen,’ previously sued police for traffic stop
Mar 3, 2023 / 03:01 PM MST
EDITOR’S NOTE: A lawsuit only tells one side of a story.
FARMINGTON, Utah (ABC4) — The mother of the man killed in a shooting involving Farmington Police on Wednesday claimed she was a “sovereign” citizen in a September 2022 lawsuit against the police.
It remains unclear if Chase Allan, 25 — the man killed in Wednesday’s shooting — also considered himself a sovereign citizen. People who consider themselves sovereign citizens believe they are not under the jurisdiction of local, state, and/or federal laws, meaning they believe themselves to be immune from many charges.
Chase Allan was stopped by police on Wednesday, March 1, for allegedly driving without a license plate. Officers described Chase Allan as being non-compliant before shots were fired, fatally injuring him. Police have not stated whether Chase Allan had a weapon at the time of the stop or not or what led to the shooting.
Chase Allan’s mother, Diane Killian Allan, sued Farmington Police in U.S. District Court last September after being pulled over by police in April 2022 for an expired vehicle registration. Diane Allan, who is representing herself in the ongoing lawsuit, claims she is not under the jurisdiction of Farmington City, Davis County, the State of Utah, or the United States.
As such, Diane Allan’s lawsuit claims the traffic stop infringed on constitutional rights and protections granted by the United States Constitution. Her lawsuit requests emergency preliminary injunctive relief, declaratory judgment, and damages.
Her lawsuit is included in its entirety below: