It took about five seconds from the time Siale Angilau grabbed a pen from his defense attorney's table for him to run across the federal courtroom floor and sail headfirst into the witness stand, where he was fatally shot by a US marshal.
"Whoa, whoa, whoa", someone yells as the witness, another gang member who is shackled and chained, manages to retreat into a corner of the courtroom. He was not hurt, the "Daily Mail" reports.
The witness jumps out of the way and after various commands, including, "drop the pen" and "get on the ground", "Deputy Jane Doe", a U.S. Marshal, fired four shots, killing Angilau.
"The video completely contradicts plaintiffs' argument that Angilau stopped posing a danger within less than one second of launching himself over the witness stand while making a stabbing motion with a pen in hand", Dowdell wrote.
An investigation launched into the incident found the officer, who was not named, was legally justified in using force.
Angilau's family sued the court, with attorney Robert Sykes saying Angilau had ceased hostilities after leaping into the witness box.
'His attack was stopped by the shots that Jane Doe rapidly fired, in less than one and one-half seconds'.
The video from 2014 shows Siale Angilau leaving the defense table, picking up a pen and rushing at a witness who was testifying.
Faces of the judge, attorneys and jurors are blurred out and the agency declined comment about the release of the video.
Dowdell said it was clear that Angilau's actions necessitated the marshal's deadly response and that Angilau's rights were not violated.
Sykes said he's glad the video was made public, but the Angilau family wants justice. Dowdell sided with Cleary's order Friday.
The video was released after a media coalition, including The Associated Press, argued for its release as an important record in a police use-of-force case, according to the AP.
As US District Judge Tena Campbell was escorted out of the courtroom, someone called 911 at the end of the released video.