The following footage may be disturbing for some to watch. What it reveals, however, is crucial in this case. The ‘unarmed’ black thug wasn’t as innocent as portrayed. WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE
Officials in Houston released video footage Thursday from a police shooting in which officers killed a black man earlier this month.
Mayor Sylvester Turner said the release was part of an effort to preserve community safety in the wake of recent shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The footage shows the shooting death of Alva Braziel, 38, who was killed by police in a confrontation outside a gas station on July 9.
Turner said the release would prove wrong claims on social media that Braziel was unarmed at the time of his death.
Surveillance video from the gas station near the shooting scene circulated on social media, with some people suggesting the footage shows Braziel had his hands up before he was shot and wasn’t armed.
‘I don’t want another police officer being shot at or killed based on that false narrative, not in this city,’ Turner said.
Davis Haines, an attorney for Braziel’s family, didn’t immediately return a call Thursday for comment.
Community activists and civil rights groups had called on the city to release all video footage from the shooting, and many of the groups have been critical of the Houston Police Department’s history of deeming nearly every police shooting justified in the past 11 years.
Turner said under state law, such video is usually not released until after both criminal and administrative investigations are completed. Houston police and the Harris County district attorney’s office are still investigating the shooting.
While the footage shows Braziel with a gun in his hand after he is shot, the footage of the actual shooting and the moments leading up to it have not been released.
According to the two officers at the scene, the pair saw a man standing in the road on the city’s south side around 12:40am.