LOCAL NEWS

Ogden Family Says Video Evidence Shows Police Didn’t Have To Use Lethal Force

Sep 16, 2019, 7:51 PM
Family members of a man who was shot and killed by police in Ogden said they have video evidence sh...
Family members of a man who was shot and killed by police in Ogden said they have video evidence showing their son should never have been shot.

OGDEN, Utah – Family members of a man who was shot and killed by police in Ogden said they have video evidence showing their son should never have been shot.

“It was an assassination, what they did,” said Juan Marcado, the father of Jovany Mercado, who was shot and killed outside his home on August 19. “They came to execute someone. They came to kill someone that night.”

Bodycam video released by Ogden police after the shooting shows 26-year-old Jovany Mercado walking up the driveway towards officers with a knife in his hand. Officers can be heard shouting, “Drop that knife! Police! Drop it!”

About 20 seconds later officers opened fire. Officials said four officers fired their weapons, each hitting Mercado, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ogden Police Chief Steven Watt told media and the city council he stood by his officers and believed they were justified in what they did because Mercado had a knife, was coming at officers and refused to put it down.

Mercado’s parents and their attorneys showed home surveillance video of their son at a press conference Monday. They said it shows why he should have never been shot.

“There flashing these lights at him, family attorney Mario Arras said. “He’s walking towards the lights not jumping, not aggressively waving at them, and they open fire They shoot, he goes down and they keep shooting.”

“He didn’t throw [the knife] down as ordered, but it doesn’t justify a death sentence. The police are not entitled to kill somebody because they are noncompliant,” said attorney Robert Sykes, who has represented other families in officer-involved shootings. “What we are trying to say here, you see no aggression. He’s not lunging, he’s not throwing, he’s not making any threating motion whatsoever towards the officers, he’s peaceful…it’s unconstitutional to use force under those conditions.”

The Mercados said police could have easily stopped their son a different way.

“They have pepper spray, yes they have batons, tasers, there are a lot of other means they could have stopped this. They didn’t care about the safety of my family. They were maniacs the way they were shooting they could have killed someone else,” said Juan Mercado.

Sykes said he believes they have a solid case and have sent a letter to Watt, asking the city to settle out of court and make changes to its training.

Mercado said he plans to be at every weekly city council meeting until changes are made.

Weber County Attorney Chris Allred said, “although Ogden PD has completed their internal investigation, we have not completed our investigation.”  Allred said he anticipates it will be another month or so before they have completed their review.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

...
Matt Gephardt and Sloan Schrage

Want to rent out your home for the NBA All-Star weekend? Here’s what you need to know

No question local businesses and hotel operators are excited about all the money the NBA All-Star game will bring in. But as Matt Gephardt found, regular Joe's are also capitalizing — and maybe you can, too.
1 day ago
Chopper 5 flies over the site of a new golf course by Tiger Woods set to open near Heber and Park C...
Alex Cabrero

New golf course designed by Tiger Woods set to open in 2025 near Heber, Park City

A new golf course set to come to the Park City area is being designed by Tiger Woods. While it may be exciting, it has a lot of people wondering about the water it will take to run it.
1 day ago
...
Shelby Lofton

Utah lawmakers discussing multiple domestic violence bills to protect victims

A domestic violence amendment bill — SB117 — has made it one step closer to reaching the governor's desk.
1 day ago
FILE PHOTO...
Pat Reavy

Utah sex offender charged with kidnapping teen girl from Arizona he met on TikTok

A West Valley man previously convicted of sexually extorting a teen girl is now charged with driving to Arizona to take a different teen girl back to his home in Utah where he sexually assaulted her.
1 day ago
(North View Fire District)...
Madison Swenson

Cars crash into Utah building and residence in separate incidents

Two buildings in Pleasant View were damaged Tuesday after cars crashed into them.
1 day ago
...
Shara Park

Raise the Future chosen as Team Giannis’ beneficiary for NBA All-Star Game

As the NBA All-Star weekend in Salt Lake City approaches, several local charities have been chosen as beneficiaries, including Raise the Future, KSL TV’s Wednesday's Child partner.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Ogden Family Says Video Evidence Shows Police Didn’t Have To Use Lethal Force