Philip Brailsford was acquitted of murder and manslaughter by a jury after being shown the disturbing footage
11 Diciembre 2017 12:50
Newly released body camera footage shows a police officer shooting an unarmed man in an Arizona hotel after the man sobbed and pleaded with officers not to shoot him.
The graphic video, which was released after a jury on Thursday acquitted the officer of murder and manslaughter charges, stoked outrage on social media and renewed calls for reforms in law enforcement.
On Jan. 18, 2016, Daniel Shaver died after an officer, Philip Brailsford, shot him. The incident happened when Brailsford responded to reports from guests at an Arizona hotel that someone in a fifth-floor room had been seen with a gun.
It was later discovered Shaver was showing off a pellet gun that he uses for his job as a pest control worker to a woman who he had met earlier that day. In the video, the police officer shouts forcefully at Shaver, who had reportedly been drinking.
Shaver obeys Brailsford’s commands and gets on the ground with his hands behind his head, but he has trouble following his orders. Brailsford makes clear that Shaver’s life is in danger from the beginning, saying, ‘Your hands go back in the small of your back or down, we are going to shoot you, do you understand me?’
When Shaver responds to Brailsford’s order to crawl toward him, his hand moves toward his back for a moment, and the officer shoots him with an AR-15 rifle inscribed with the words ‘You're fucked,’ according to the police report.
The jurors on the case were shown the footage, but found Brailsford not guilty of second-degree murder. They deliberated for six hours.