Posted October 22, 2020 in Featured News

"I am taking this step in the best interest of my employees, my department, and the city," Williams said in a lengthy statement. "I recognize this is a time of community distrust. That tells me that the Police Department wants to control the narrative.". She added that moving forward, the department will release body-worn video of an officer-involved shooting within 10 to 14 days after the incident. On Saturday, Phoenix police officers fatally shot a 28-year-old man named James Garcia in a parked car.

They repeatedly tell him to drop the weapon and threaten to fire their weapons if he moves the gun. Phoenix police say Garcia did point a gun at officers, and the department released a short video showing one officer pulling a gun from the car to counter the witness reports. Police identified Garcia through fingerprints, and say the names he provided officers were not his real names. Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams has asked the FBI to conduct a civil rights investigation into the fatal shooting of a 28-year-old man killed by police during the July Fourth weekend. The … or redistributed.

As four Phoenix police officers surrounded a sedan parked in the driveway of a one-story house on Saturday, at least two of the officers had their guns drawn and pointed at the car. “We cannot allow for dishonest narratives to be built by violent departments. Police say he had misdemeanor and felony warrants for his arrest. Bystanders watching the tense scene unfold from across the street repeatedly shouted, “Don’t shoot him!”. Then, deafening bangs — roughly 10 — rang out in quick succession. Police released a portion of the body camera footage earlier this month, but did not yet release the full video until Monday, following demands from the community. All market data delayed 20 minutes. The police department provided a 44-second clip of body camera video, in which Garcia’s face and body are blurred out, from an officer who arrived on the scene after the police shot the man. The gun was removed from Garcia’s lap so officials could safely provide medical attention. Garcia did not survive his injuries. Screengrab from bodycam footage from a police-involved shooting on July 4. “They put the gun on his head like this and they’re still telling him not to move, to get his hand off a gun he don’t have, and then they shot him again,” Steven Merry, who said he was a friend of the man and reportedly has video of the incident, told KSAZ. All market data delayed 20 minutes. The man was later transported to the hospital and pronounced dead. He tells the officer multiple names, also referencing what appears to be misdemeanor warrants, and refuses to exit the vehicle despite multiple commands.

Officers arrived in Maryvale, a neighborhood just northwest of Phoenix’s downtown area, where the victim “pointed out a specific home” and alleged the suspect was there, the department said.

“We are going to be out here until we get what’s right for James Garcia!” a protester yelled. ", Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox. "When he [another officer] broke the window, his [Garcia's] movement completely changed," explained Officer Noel Trevino. All rights reserved. Seconds later, a cracking sound could be heard, followed by a sharp exclamation. In a statement to, Danny Ortega, the lawyer for Garcia's family, said the Phoenix case is being watched nationally to see how Williams handles the investigation amid a number of high-profile police shootings that have triggered nationwide protests and calls to defund police departments. "Despite the calls from the community to end police brutality and killings, Phoenix PD continues to respond to calls with violence," he said in a statement. The officers spoke to police investigators after the shooting, explaining why they fired their weapons. PHOENIX — Phoenix police have released body camera footage of an officer-involved shooting that led to the death of James Garcia. It remains unclear whether the man in the car was the suspect identified by the person who called 911. RELATED: Controversial July 4th shooting sparks change at Phoenix's Police Department. All rights reserved. "Phoenix PD cannot continue to investigate itself in officer-involved shootings and police misconduct. “So we retrieve the gun and get him out and get him out to fire,” the officer says, apparently referring to firefighter paramedics.

An officer on the other side of the car knocks out a passenger window and nearly immediately, the officer at Garcia’s window fires his weapon multiple times. There was a brief silence. “Where’s the gun?” the arriving officer asks. Copyright 2020 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved.
A woman, who identified herself as James Garcia's sister, shared the video on her Facebook page, saying, "Phoenix P.D shot my brother who was unarmed sleeping in the car." ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. I hope this step will allow our community to feel confident in the findings.". That footage shows the officer running to the scene, donning gloves and retrieving a handgun from the car through its shattered window. PHOENIX — Phoenix police have released body camera footage of an officer-involved shooting that led to the death of James Garcia. Garcia reportedly recently came into possession of the firearm while being a prohibited possessor. In a statement, the department said officers responded to a 911 call shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday from a caller who said a man recently tried to kill him and that the person had come back with a knife. Garcia, 28, was shot … The incident escalates when he rolls up his window and officers say Garcia is seen with a gun. James Garcia, 28, was shot and killed by officers while sitting in his car in a friend’s driveway on July 4. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. "While I'm confident in the investigative work done by my team, I recognize the value of an unbiased outside agency in strengthening the public trust into an investigation.". The protesters called for the release of the officers’ body-cam footage, with at least one city council member also publicly criticizing the Phoenix Police Department’s handling of the incident, the Arizona Republic reported. Bystander video of the fatal shooting went viral over the weekend, prompting protesters to march for hours through the streets of Phoenix on Sunday night, outraged by another deadly incident amid nationwide demonstrations against police brutality. A second officer also fires his weapon. "It was a very selective video to release. “The suspect was not asleep in the vehicle, he armed himself which is what lead to the officer involved shooting,” Fortune told the Republic in an email Sunday. The caller reported that the man was “threatening to harm him again,” according to police. The July 4 shooting of James Garcia sparked protests and calls for transparency at a time when scrutiny of police departments has soared in recent months. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Along the way, the group swelled to roughly 50, according to the newspaper. Garcia was sitting in his car in a driveway when he was shot by two police officers. “They made sure he was dead.”. “At this point, he refused, instead rolling up his window and arming himself with a handgun,” the department said, alleging that the man ignored commands from officers to put down the gun and started to lift the weapon. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. “He didn’t let go of it.”. Doing so before “interviews are completed would compromise the investigation,” Fortune said in a statement. "I was afraid that he was either going to shoot the officer who just broke the window and didn’t have a gun in his hand, or he’s going to lean over and shoot me.". The killing, which was captured on video, has led to renewed protests against police violence. Activists and Phoenix City Councilmember Carlos Garcia identified the man who was killed as James Porter Garcia, 28, which police confirmed on Monday. By signing up you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. After one of the officers “saw the gun pointed at a fellow officer,” the confrontation swiftly escalated, police said. But, we must all continue to ask for transparency and accountability,” Garcia, the council member, wrote in a Facebook post Sunday that included the video. "This case is getting national notoriety and we continue to call for transparency in this case like all the cases all around the country," he said. "I see the rise of an arm, and then I’m not too sure who shot first me or my partner. During the newly released video, published online by the department, Garcia is seen talking with officers while sitting in the driver’s seat of his vehicle. Sgt. But the situation appeared to take a turn when they told the man to get out of the car. We will continue to call for independent investigations into officer involved shootings.”. The bystander video of the shooting, which was taken from a distance, did not capture the man’s actions, though a number of people have insisted he was sleeping or unarmed. Ben Guarino contributed to this report, which has been updated. Mercedes Fortune, a Phoenix police spokeswoman, disputed claims that have circulated on social media that the man had been asleep in his car and was unarmed at the time of the shooting. As of Monday night, the Phoenix Police Department had not released body camera video from officers who fired their guns. AG Barr says police reform needs to strike the 'right balance'. (Phoenix Police Department ). Williams said she welcomes the transparency in an effort to regain the public's trust.

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