The sister of Danielle Willard, a Utah woman shot dead by police last year, says that the officers who killed her sibling should be held criminally responsible.
"They took away a huge part of my life," Kayleen Williard told the Deseret News. "She was one of my best friends, she was one of my idols and I looked up to her more than anything in the entire world and with her being just gone within a flash, it was so wrong and I just believe they need to go to jail."
Last Thursday, the Salt Lake district attorney deemed detectives Shaun Cowley and Kevin Salmon "not justified" in the 2012 shooting death of Danielle Willard, 21, following an alleged drug deal in West Valley City, Utah.
The officers claimed they had opened fire on Willard in self defense after she tried to hit them with her car. A forensic investigation revealed that the officers were out of harm's way when they fired six shots at the woman's car, killing her.
In a statement released last week, Willard's family said that the D.A.'s "findings confirm... that Danielle was murdered."
Although the D.A. announced that a criminal investigation will be forthcoming, so far no charges have been filed against the officers involved.
Salt Lake District Attorney Sim Gill is facing criticism from conservatives due to his office's findings, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
"It might simply be that Sim is a cop hater," Salt Lake County Republican Chairman Chad Bennion told the newspaper.
However, Gill's office isn't the only agency that has been investigating the department in the aftermath of Willard's death. In April, the FBI launched a corruption probe of Cowley's and Salmon's narcotics unit, which has since been disbanded.