“Do Not Make A Mistake”
Warning the below video is hard to watch:
Former Mesa, Arizona, police officer Philip Brailsford was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter on December 8, 2017, in the shooting of 26-year-old Daniel Shaver. Prosecutors argued that the officer had responded appropriately, according to his training, when Mr Shaver reached towards his waistband – because he believed there was a concealed firearm there.
Bodycam footage of the incident, released after the verdict, showed Mr Shaver on his knees asking officers not to shoot him just before he was killed. Mr Shaver was shot five times with a semi-automatic rifle as he crawled towards the officers, sobbing.
Police were called to the scene after Shavers and a man he met at the hotel allegedly pointed one of Shaver’s pellet guns out of the hotel window. Shaver’s had pellet guns because of his job in pest control. You can hear the Mesa motel clerk phone call below:
A woman and a man who were staying at the hotel told police they met Shaver in the hallway and went to his room to take shots of alcohol. While in the room, he took out a pellet gun and said it was his job to kill birds that get inside Walmart stores.
The woman told police Shaver and the other man were pointing the rifle outside the hotel window before police arrived, and she told them to stop because they were drunk.
What are your thoughts about this emotional case?