As four Phoenix police officers surrounded a sedan parked in the driveway of a one-story house on Saturday, at least two of the officers had their guns drawn and pointed at the car.
“Hey, stop f—— moving. I shall f—— shoot you,” one officer standing near the driver’s window shouted at the car’s lone occupant. Bystanders watching the tense scene unfold from throughout the street repeatedly cried,”Do not shoot him!”
Seconds later, a cracking sound could be heard, accompanied by a sharp exclamation. There was a silence. Then, deafening bangs — about 10 — rang out in quick succession.
Bystander video of the fatal shooting went viral over the weekend, prompting protesters to fend for hours through the streets of Phoenix on Sunday night, outraged by another deadly incident amid nationwide demonstrations against police brutality. The protesters called for the release of these officers’ body-cam footage, with a minumum of one city council member also publicly criticizing the Phoenix Police Department’s handling of this incident, the Arizona Republic reported.
Authorities have not named the man who was murdered Saturday, however activists and Phoenix City Councilman Carlos Garcia identified him as James Garcia. The officers have not been identified.
“It does not shock us that despite all of the scrutiny from neighborhood Phoenix PD continues to respond violently to calls. But, we should all continue to ask for transparency and accountability,” Garcia, the council member, composed in a Facebook post Sunday that comprised the video. “We cannot allow for dishonest narratives to be constructed by violent departments. We will continue to call for separate investigations into officer involved shootings.”
At a announcement , the department said officers responded to some 911 call shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday from a caller who stated that a man recently tried to kill him that the person had come back with a knife. The caller reported the guy had been”threatening to damage him again,” according to authorities.
Officers arrived in Maryvale, a neighborhood just northwest of Phoenix’s downtown area, where the sufferer”pointed out that a specific home” and alleged the suspect was there, ” the department said. They noticed a man sitting in a car parked in the driveway, After the officers got nearer to the house. Authorities said the officers started talking to the guy, explaining they had been investigating the attack.
However, the situation seemed to take a turn when they advised the guy to get out of the automobile.
“At this point, he refused, rather rolling up his window and arming himself with a handgun,” the department said, alleging the guy dismissed commands from officers to put the gun down and started to lift the weapon.
After one of the officers”watched the gun pointed at a fellow officer,” the confrontation immediately escalated, authorities said. While the vehicle was fired to by the two others, the passenger window broke to divert the man\.
The man was later transported to the hospital and declared dead. Authorities noted officers or no other civilians were hurt. It remains unclear whether the man in the automobile was the suspect identified by whoever predicted 911.
The video of the shooting, which was taken from an area, didn’t capture the guy’s actions, though a variety of people have insisted that he was sleeping or unarmed.
“They put the gun on his mind like this and they’re still telling him not to move, to receive his hand off a gun he don’t have, and then they shot him again,” Steven Merry, who stated he was a friend of this man and allegedly has video of the episode, informed KSAZ. “They made certain that he was dead”
Phoenix Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Mercedes Fortune disputed claims that have circulated social media that the man was asleep in his car and was unarmed at the time of the shooting.
“The defendant wasn’t asleep at the vehicle, he armed himself that is exactly what cause the officer involved shooting,” Fortune informed the Republic in an email Sunday.
In the movie, onlookers expressed their fury toward the officers in the aftermath of the deadly episode, yelling expletives at them and decrying the use of force.
The unrest carried into Sunday evening as about 30 protesters gathered at a park in Phoenix prior to starting to march toward a nearby police precinct, the Republic reported. On the way, the group swelled to approximately 50, according to the newspaper.
“We will be out here before we get what’s right for James Garcia!” One protester shouted.
Frustrated and outraged, protesters chant”James Garcia,” for miles under the moonlight and a helicopter’s light, avoiding lines of officers in riot gear by taking several turns down other roads while trying to maintain together. pic.twitter.com/M1k3USIncZ
— Alana Minkler (@alana_minkler) July 6, 2020