Police in Mesa, Arizona released disturbing body camera video on Thursday hours after a former officer was acquitted of a murder charge in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man.
The verdict cleared Philip Brailsford, 27, of criminal liability in
the 2016 death of Daniel Shaver, of Granbury, Texas. He was also found
not guilty of reckless manslaughter, reports CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO-TV.
The shooting occurred at a hotel in the Phoenix suburb where officers
responded to a report of someone pointing a gun out of a window. The
video, obtained by KPHO, shows
Brailsford pointing a gun at Shaver as Shaver lies on the ground, holds
his hands in the air, cries and begs the officer not to shoot.
Brailsford orders Shaver, 26, to lay face-down in a hallway and
refrain from making sudden movements – or risk being shot. He also
orders a woman in the hallway to lie on the ground. Shaver is seen
complying with the officer’s order to put his hands on top of his head
and cross his left foot over his right foot.
“Young man, you are not to move. You are to put your eyes down look
down at the carpet you are to keep your fingers interlaced behind your
head you are to keep your feet crossed,” Brailsford says. “If you move,
we are going to consider that a threat, and we are going to deal with it
and you may not survive it, do you understand me?”
“Yes sir,” Shaver says.
Brailsford then orders the woman to kneel, put her hands in the air
and crawl towards officers. Officers then apparently handcuff her out of
the view of the camera.
Brailsford then orders Shaver to kneel, and yells for him to keep his legs crossed, to which Shaver replies, “I’m sorry.”
Shaver is then seen putting his hands behind his back. The officer yells, “Hands up in the air!,” and Shaver complies.
“You do that again we’re shooting you, do you understand?” the officer says.
“Please, do not shoot me,” Shaver is heard saying, his hands in the air.
“Then listen to my instructions!” the officer yells.
“I’m trying to just do what you say,” Shaver says.
“Don’t talk! Listen!” Brailsford yells. He orders Shaver to keep his hands up.
“Your hands go back in the small of your back or down, we are going to shoot you, do you understand me?” Brailsford yells.