To form Arizona cop was cleared of murder on Thursday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man who cried and begged the police just before he was killed.
The verdict cleared Philip Mitchell Brailsford, 27, of criminal liability in the death of Daniel Shaver, a married father-of-two from Granbury, Texas.
The shooting occured in January 2016, after police answered the questions of someone in the suburbs of Phoenix.
Shaver was unarmed, although the police did not know how to do it. In this Oct. 25, 2017 file photo, Former police officer Philip Brailsford, left, and his attorney, Mike Piccarreta, stand for the jury. (David Wallace / The Arizona Republic via AP)
Newly-released body camera footage Shows responding officers screaming at Shaver to exit his hotel room, face down in the lobby, and refrain from making sudden movements.
The graphic video shows Shaver complying with orders to crawl towards the officers when Brailsford fires his rifle.
The trainer said he thought Shaver was grabbing a handgun in his waistband. Shaver was unarmed at the time of his death. (Facebook)
A detective investigating the shooting said that he was reaching for a gun, it also appeared that he was pulling up his loose-fitting basketball shorts that had fallen down when he was ordered to crawl.
The officers could have simply handcuffed Shaver while he was on the floor, the detective added.
“There are no winners in this case, but Mitch Brailsford had to make a split-second decision,” said his attorney Michael Piccarreta said. Daniel Shaver, a married father of two, hugs one of his daughters. He was 26 when he was killed. (Facebook)
“He did not want to harm Mr. Shaver … The circumstances that were so dangerous that he was in danger. Try to make a decision in one second, life or death. It’s pretty hard. ”
Brailsford was the police force for two years before he was fired for violations of departmental policy, including unsatisfactory performance.
Shaver’s Widow, Laney Sweet, shook her head “no” after the jury’s decision and said she was not going to answer any questions. Shaver’s Widow, Laney Sweet, shook her head “no” after the jury’s decision and said she was not going to answer any questions. (Ross D. Franklin / AP)
Both Sweet and Shaver’s parents have filed wrongful-death lawsuits against the city of Mesa over the shooting death.
With News Wire Services.
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