The Mesa Police Department has released the full body camera video showing ex-Officer Philip “Mitch” Brailsford fatally shooting 26-year-old Daniel Shaver at an Arizona motel in January 2016.
You can watch the video below. The shooting occurs just after the 16-minute mark of the video.
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The video was made public after Brailsford was found not guilty of second-degree murder and reckless manslaughter by a Maricopa County jury on Thursday, the Arizona Republic reports. It was posted online by the attorney for Shaver’s wife, Laney Sweet, who is suing the Mesa Police Department for $75 million and had been fighting for the release of the video.
The video shows an intoxicated Shaver, who was staying at the motel while on a work trip and had been drinking with two people he had met earlier that night, being ordered to crawl out of the room after police responded to a report of shots fired from the room’s window. Police said they had received reports that Shaver and the other two people had been firing out of the window. It was later determined that Shaver had a pellet gun in the room for work, but he did not have it with him at the time of the shooting.
In the video, Shaver is told by the officer to obey his commands and “not make a mistake” after he exits the room and gets down face-first on the floor. He tells him to keep his legs crossed and then put both of his hands out in front of him and then pull himself up into a kneeling position. As he struggles to get to his knees, the officer yells, “I said keep your legs crossed.” Shaver then apologizes and the officer says, “I didn’t say this was a conversation.”
He then yells at Shaver to put his hands up in the air, as Shaver appears confused by the commands. “You do that again, we’re shooting you,” the officer screams. Shaver begs the officer not to shoot him.
“If you think you’re going to fall you better fall on your face. Your hands go to the small of your back, we are going to shoot you,” the officer yells, before screaming for Shaver to crawl toward him.
Shaver’s hand then moves and Brailsford opens fire. The other officers in the hallway did not fire on Shaver. Prosecutors said Shaver appeared to be attempting to pull up his shorts.
“That’s an execution pure and simple. The Justice system miserably failed Daniel and his family,” Geragos said about the video and the not guilty verdict.
Brailsford’s attorney, Michael Piccarreta told the Arizona Republic, “We had confidence that the jury would recognize this as a tragedy, not a murder, and that Mitch Brailsford acted in a split-second as he was trained.”
Brailsford argued that he shot because he thought Shaver was reaching for a weapon.
The Mesa Police Department fired Brailsford in March 2016.
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