A video showing an officer’s shooting death of a man with a knife in a Houston suburb has sparked an unprecedented backlash from both sides of the aisle, with critics saying it was a textbook case of excessive force and excessive use of force.
The video was recorded by a bystander, who was not identified.
The man who recorded the incident told the Houston Chronicle he saw the officer open fire on a man, identified as 24-year-old David Lee Flemming, after he was hit with a Taser.
Flemmer was not carrying a knife, the officer said, and the officer, who is white, fired two shots at Flemning.
Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters Thursday that the video did not reveal a struggle.
Acevedos claims the shooting is under investigation by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and that the shooting was justified.
The Houston Chronicle reported that the district attorney is examining the officer’s account of what happened.
Flanders family and supporters called the video an injustice.
“It is appalling that someone would try to frame the police officer’s actions as a case of mistaken identity,” said Flemings brother, David Flemms.
“I think the district attorneys office needs to do their job and get it right.
If they were investigating, they’d have the footage of this incident, the dash cam video, and they would have to go through that.”
The Houston Police Department released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying that the officer involved in the shooting would not be facing any disciplinary action.
It also said the officer will be disciplined under the department’s standard protocol for misconduct.
“This is an ongoing investigation by our Internal Affairs Division and we will take appropriate action as appropriate,” the statement said.
Flandings family and others said they would not tolerate a racial injustice.
“The video does not show the interaction between the officer and the suspect, but it does show the fatal shooting,” said David Flanders, who has known his brother since childhood.
“The video shows that he didn’t stop until he reached for his waistband and he’s got a knife and he was trying to grab it, and he just fires two shots, then runs away.”
David Flems also called for the district Attorney’s office to review the officer in the video and if he was justified in shooting Fleming.
“The officer didn’t say a word, he just shot him twice,” he said.
“So, if he wasn’t justified in that, I’m not going to tolerate it.”
“What I’m trying to do is say this officer has an absolute obligation to protect the public from the threat that he is, and I don’t think he’s doing that,” said his sister, Jennifer Flanders.
Acevedos statement also included a statement from the Harris Independent School District, which is in charge of Flemmes students. “
We want justice for David, and we want him to come home.”
Acevedos statement also included a statement from the Harris Independent School District, which is in charge of Flemmes students.
“A parent of a student in the district had been notified of an incident involving the district officer.
When the district was made aware of the circumstances, we immediately contacted the district police department, who confirmed that the investigation is ongoing and that a review is underway,” the district said in a statement.
Flemming was taken to a hospital, where he died.
The police chief also announced the arrest of another man, 26-year, Daniel Dominguez, on charges of possession of a firearm during a violent crime and resisting arrest.
Domingez was booked into the Harris Parish Prison and is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.
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