(Reuters) – A Phoenix police officer shot to death an unarmed black man during a struggle and authorities said the officer believed the individual had a gun, in the latest fatal incident amid national turmoil over the policing of black communities.
The Phoenix Police Department said Rumain Brisbon, 34, was sitting in a black Cadillac SUV outside a convenience store on Tuesday evening, and that two witnesses told the officer the occupants of the vehicle were selling drugs.
With police forces across the country under increased scrutiny over killings of unarmed black men, Phoenix police said in a statement that its officer called for backup, and then saw Brisbon appear to remove something from the car’s back seat.
The officer chased and caught up with him, it said, and during a struggle the policeman believed he felt the handle of a gun while holding the individual’s hand in his pocket.
It said the officer, a seven-year veteran of the department, gave him several commands to show his hands, before Brisbon “placed one or both hands in his waistband area” and then fled.
At that point a resident opened an apartment door and both men stumbled into her home, it said, adding that the officer was unable to keep a grip on the suspect’s hand.“Fearing Brisbon had a gun in his pocket the officer fired two rounds striking Brisbon in the torso,” it said.
Friday, December 5, 2014
Phoenix police officer latest to shoot unarmed black man to death...
Yes. The officer was white and the suspect does appear to be a criminal have been trying to resist or get away. It doesn't sound like the officer was assaulted in anyway. Rev. Al's frequent flyer miles are going to go up.