Phoenix Protesters Demand Body-Cam Footage After Police Kill Man In Parked Car
Protesters in Phoenix gathered to demand the body camera footage related to the police shooting of a man who was killed while sitting in a parked vehicle, according to The Hill.
- In a video that has been spread across social media, police are seen surrounding a car parked in the driveway of a house. An officer is heard saying "stop f------ moving, I will f------ shoot you" just before shots ring out.
- The video prompted outrage in the city, with Phoenix City Councilman Carlos Garcia being one of many to decry the incident. He said:
“It does not shock us that despite all the scrutiny from community Phoenix PD continues to respond violently to calls. But, we must all continue to ask for transparency and accountability.”
- In the protest organized by W.E. Rising Project, protesters gathered for a march to the Phoenix Police Department's Maryvale Estrella Mountain Precinct chanting “Black lives matter” and invoking the name of the man killed, James Garcia, which had not been released by the police.
- The Phoenix Police Department said in a statement that police were called to the scene when a man called 911 saying that a man who tried to kill him the week prior had returned with a knife and was threatening to harm him again. When police arrived, they approached the parked car to see that the man was armed. According to the statement, when the man refused to leave the vehicle and appeared to lift his weapon, police fired into the car and killed him.
- In a push against claims that the man was unarmed, Phoenix Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Mercedes Fortune wrote in an email:
“The suspect was not asleep in the vehicle, he armed himself which is what lead to the officer involved shooting.”