Sunday, December 10, 2017
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.
The officer's commands at times seemed contradictory.
"Do not put your hands down for any reason," he tells Mr. Shaver. "Your hands go back in the small of your back or down, we are going to shoot you, do you understand me?"
"Yes, sir," a tearful Mr. Shaver responds.
But immediately after, the officer commands, "Crawl towards me," prompting Mr. Shaver to lower his hands to the floor and begin moving toward the camera.
On Jan. 18, 2016, six officers were called to a La Quinta Inn and Suites in Mesa, Ariz., after guests reported seeing a man with a gun in the window of a fifth-floor room. The video showed Mr. Shaver and a woman walking into a hallway as Philip Brailsford, a two-year veteran of the Mesa Police Department who was wearing the body camera, trained an AR-15 rifle on them.
The police later learned that Mr. Shaver, who was from Granbury, Tex., had been in his room showing off a pellet gun, which he used for his job in pest control, before being summoned by officers into the hallway. A witness testified that Mr. Shaver had been drinking.
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