Police in Phoenix, Arizona, fatally shot and killed a man sitting in his parked car, which again sparked protests and anger. The department is known as the deadliest department in the United States.
The shooting took place in West Phoenix on Saturday afternoon. Witness video released by local MP Carlos Garcia showed that at least four officers surrounded a car and fired a bullet into the car. Onlookers can be heard begging officials to put down their guns. The video captured a screaming police officer: “Stop fucking, I̵
The victim was James Garcia, who was declared dead in the hospital.
Police officers said that after a 911 caller claimed that a man who threatened to kill him earlier returned with a knife, the police responded. Officials said that when these officials arrived, they “noticed an adult man sitting in a car parked in the driveway.” According to the department’s accounts, officials instructed him to get out of the car, he refused and carried a gun. The department said that a police officer broke the passenger window, and two police officers quickly fired a bullet directly into the car, saying he refused to put down the gun.
The police refused to disclose whether the man they killed had any contact with the plaintiff. When asked if James Garcia was a suspect with the knife mentioned in the 911 call, a Mercedes Fortune spokesperson told the Guardian: “We don’t know yet. “
On Monday, the police released a brief human camera shot that rushed to the scene after the shooting. The lens blurred Garcia’s image, but captured a police officer who took the pistol from inside the front of the car. However, the police refused to release body camera recordings before and during the shooting.
Witnesses at the scene and a friend of James Garcia questioned the police’s claims and said that the video clearly showed that the promotion of the police officer was dramatic, and they suddenly used lethal force.
Mayor Kate Gallego, who promised reforms after the George Floyd protests, did not respond to requests for comment or make a statement about the recent death.
“I’m at a loss, this happened again. This is disgusting.” said local lawyer, Jocquese Blackwell, who represents the family of Dion Johnson, who is another man, recently in Killed by police in similar circumstances. These officials behave like playing video games. This is not a game. These are real lives. “
Jamaar Williams, a member of the Phoenix Chapter of the Black Life Problem, said, “What happened does not make sense”: “This person was packed in a car by himself. Literally, he has nowhere to go , And you are holding him under the gun, whose safety? Who is in danger?”
Activists and civil rights lawyers across Phoenix said the recent killing was a model in which the police unnecessarily used brutal and lethal force. The local police were widely opposed for killing 28-year-old Johnson, who had been sleeping in his car when he was shot by police in May. They said that during the local and national scrutiny of police violence, the latest shooting incident occurred in front of the camera, which further demonstrates the department’s deep-rooted problems.
Phoenix (Phoenix) is the fifth largest city in the United States and one of the countries with the highest rates of police shootings and police killings of civilians. Over the years, efforts to moderate reforms have faced strong resistance from police unions and city councils. The city only adopted body cameras last year. Until recently, it was the only major city lacking a civilian review committee, which aims to oversee the department. Activists say that its creation has not changed.
“These reforms are powerless because we must keep seeing our people murdered on the streets,” said Williams, who has been pushing for funding for police stations. These reforms are terrible. They are not a mechanism to promote the security we need because the police do not provide security. They are constantly throwing police at social issues-this is killing us. “
In 2018, Phoenix officials blamed the increase in police violence on civilian behavior, accusing police of increasing violence and threats. But the lawyer argued that there was no evidence to substantiate these claims and pointed out some cases in which the police beat people and then charged them with assaulting the police.
Civil rights lawyer Heather Hamel said: “Phoenix has set up a committee to make recommendations on how to reform the department.” “But the fact is that this police station is violent in nature.”
Hamel represents a blind man who was allegedly too close to the police and he was arrested by an official in a public toilet. Afterwards, the man said in front of the camera that he did not realize that the attacker was an officer and that there was no obvious reason for the officer to attack him. However, the man was arrested for “severe beating” of an officer. The prosecutor later refused to file charges.
Hamel said: “They take violence as the first measure,”
When the Phoenix police were recently forced to report each time the gun was aimed at the crowd, the data showed that most of the civilians who were shot with guns were people of color, and the rate of attacks by black residents was too high.
Another local lawyer, James Palestini, said: “These officers are usually subject to a certain degree of aggression and shoot with a gun.” “There is definitely a feeling of’we vs. them’. They don’t want to downgrade .”
Palestini said that cases like Saturday’s murders usually receive little attention, and protest movements are helping to expose this brutal behavior: “Many incidents have happened in the past and have never been exposed, and these people are still working.”
Activist lawyer Steve Benedetto said that in a recent protest against police violence in Phoenix, large-scale young people were arrested and the police used tear gas and other weapons to disperse the crowd . “Most of the people we have been talking about are deeply traumatized.”
Congressman Garciawrote said on Facebook that “Phoenix PD continues to respond violently to the phone” is not surprised.
He said: “All of us must continue to demand transparency and accountability.”