Just seconds before Daniel Shaver was gunned down by a Mesa, Arizona, police officer armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, Shaver was down on the ground, on all fours, literally begging the officer not to shoot him, according to a newly released police report from the incident.
Shaver was a twenty-six-year-old from Texas, who was gunned down by police back on on January 18th.
Officer Philip Brailsford, had been on the Mesa Police Department for two years. He was since fired from the department and charged with second-degree murder, after the hacktivist group Anonymous got involved.
Shaver had been staying at a Mesa La Quinta Inn on a work-related trip when he was gunned down by police, according to a local ABC news affiliate.
The police report of the incident has now been released and says that officers received a call about a man pointing a rifle out Shaver’s fifth-floor hotel window.
The police report adds that the officers who responded demanded that Shaver exit the room.
Shaver left with his hands raised and dropped to his knees.
One officer told him to lay on the ground, and he complied. He was “obviously compliant and offered no resistance at that point,” the report explains.
Next, Shaver was told to put his hands behind his head, then cross his legs, and not move.
The officer needlessly added that if he moved he would be considered a threat, and “may not survive it.”
Shaver apparently didn’t immediately raise his hands as he knelt, helping himself to the ground instead.
“If you do that again, we’re shooting you. Do you understand?” one officer barked. “No, please don’t shoot me,” Shaver begged. According to the report, he began crying uncontrollably.
The report explains that “SHAVER’s underwear were clearly visible and it appeared his shorts had fallen partially down his leg at that point. SHAVER’s motion was also consistent with attempting to pull his shorts up as they were falling off.”
Monique Portillo, was one of two other business people who had met Shaver in the hotel elevator and come to his room to do shots. The man who was with Monique had just left.
The police ordered Monique to literally crawl to them.
In the room, Portillo had asked Shaver about a case in the room.
She assumed it contained musical instruments. But Shaver explained that part of his job was going around shooting birds trapped in Walmarts. As strange as this sounds, the store does employ people to shoot and kill birds.
Shaver and the other man began playing with the rifle, according to Portillo. Luis Nunez, the other man, had left the room to call his wife before police arrived, Portillo explained.
Gawker notes that “the report’s detailed description of Shaver’s death is sourced from an interview with Portillo and from body camera footage from one of the officers, which Mesa police have not released. Both state prosecutors and Brailsford’s defense attorneys are arguing that the footage should remain sealed.”
BuzzFeed News adds that “Laney Sweet, Shaver’s widow, recorded a conversation in which a prosecutor told her she could view the body camera footage, but only if she did not speak to the media about it. She declined, and uploaded audio of the conversation to YouTube.”
That audio is available below…
Sweet said that prosecutors told her they plan to offer Brailsford a plea deal for negligent homicide — a significantly lesser charge.
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