Shocking video shows cop shoot dead unarmed man he ordered to 'crawl'

  • Shocking video shows cop shoot dead unarmed man he ordered to 'crawl'

Shocking video shows cop shoot dead unarmed man he ordered to 'crawl'

Brailsford fired his AR-15 five times, shooting and killing 26-year-old Shaver.

The video was shown at the trial but was only made public after the officer was found not guilty of both second-degree murder and reckless manslaughter. That said, there is suggestion that the man's family will seek to pursue a civil suit after expressing outrage following yesterday's verdict.

Shaver, who had been ordered out of his hotel room by police, was commanded to lie facedown in the hallway and to refrain from making sudden movements.

The video shows the shooting and the tense moments leading up to it. Shaver was crawling on the ground and begging for his life seconds before he was shot by the officer.

Shaver then reaches back with one hand in what looks like a move to readjust his trousers so he can crawl easier.

The man turned out to be Shaver, who was from Middle Tennessee, who was only in the possession of a pellet rifle for pest control. Even officer firings like Brailsford's are something of a paper tiger: an August investigation by the Washington Post found that, of the 1,881 officers fired for misconduct since 2006, more than 450 were reinstated after union appeals.

Then there's the fact that police officers are given tremendous flexibility within their departments' standard operating procedures, which allows them to respond with deadly force based on their own perception of dangers.

The detective investigating the shooting had agreed Shaver's movement was similar to reaching for a pistol, but has said it also looked as though Shaver was pulling up his loose-fitting basketball shorts that had fallen down as he was ordered to crawl. "Apparently we have a failure for you to comprehend simple instructions, I gotta go over some of them again", one officer says.

"There are no winners in this case, but Mitch Brailsford had to make a split-second decision on a situation that he was trained to recognize as someone drawing a weapon and had one second to react", his attorney Michael Piccarreta said, according to the Daily News.

"He didn't want to harm Mr. Shaver". He got confused at one point, and it cost him his life.

Piccarreta also said he wasn't sure his client would be interested in trying to get his police job back.

During his trial testimony, Brailsford, 27, told jurors that he was terrified for the safety of officers and a woman who in the hallway.

The former cop said he suspected Shaver was reaching for a weapon.

Brailsford was sacked two months after the shooting, which occurred in January 2016, for violating department policy, Newsweek reports.

The shooting occurred as police departments across the United States became focal points of protests over deadly encounters with law enforcement. His parents and Sweet, according to the Post, have also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the the city, although the outcome of that suit has not yet been decided.

Shaver is survived by Sweet and their two daughters, Natalie and Emery.