By TMZ. Police body cam footage shows the moment a Mesa, AZ police officer gunned down an unarmed man in a hotel hallway — a shooting where the jury found the officer not guilty of 2nd degree murder.
The 2016 shooting happened in a hotel where police were responding to a report of someone pointing a gun out a window. Philip Brailsford was one of the responding officers, and in this video you see and hear the cops barking out commands to a man and woman the moment they walk out of their room.
While attempting to take Daniel Shaver into custody … Brailsford fired his AR-15 five times, shooting and killing 26-year-old Shaver. Brailsford, who is no longer on the force, was on trial for 2nd degree murder and reckless manslaughter — until the jury returned not guilty verdicts Thursday on both counts. (Read more from “Body Cam Shows ‘Execution’ of Young White Male – Officer Found Not Guilty” HERE)
Daniel Shaver Police Shooting Video Released
By Tom Cleary. 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.
Shaver, a married father of two young children, was unarmed and begged for his life in the moments before he was shot, sobbing and saying to Brailsford and the other officers, “please don’t shoot me.”
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 a man pointing a gun out of the room’s window. It was later determined that Shaver had a pellet gun in the room for his pest control job, but he did not have it with him in the hallway at the time Brailsford shot him. The two motel guests who were in the room testified that Shaver had been playing with the pellet gun near the room’s window earlier . . .
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.” (Read more from “Daniel Shaver Police Shooting Video Released” HERE)