“The investigation into the capturing remains to be within the early phases,” police spokeswoman Mercedes Fortune stated in a YouTube video the division supplied. “Releasing body-worn digicam footage from the officers instantly concerned whereas all witnesses and officer interviews are accomplished would compromise the investigation.”
Fortune stated the division is releasing some footage and the 911 name in an effort to handle “misinformation” that has surfaced on social media. Within the video, she stated officers have been referred to as to an space northeast of downtown Phoenix with a report that somebody who had earlier stabbed a person was again within the space threatening him. “He attempting to kill me once more,” the person could possibly be heard telling officers within the 911 audio.
When police arrived, the 911 caller directed them to a home within the space and instructed them the person who stabbed him had a knife and one other particular person had a gun. Officers questioned a number of folks within the space together with Garcia who was parked within the driveway of a close-by dwelling.
“Officers talked to the person for roughly 10 minutes, asking him to go away his automobile so they might safe the scene,” Fortune stated. “He refused and finally rolled up the home windows and pulled out a gun. Officers ordered the person to drop the gun however he refused. The person repeatedly instructed officers to shoot him and lifted the gun towards officers. That is when two officers fired their weapons.”
Lisa Wagner, the mom of Garcia’s greatest pal, instructed The Arizona Republic Garcia was ready exterior her dwelling to hang around with her 26-year-old son Shawn Hansen; however when Hansen wasn’t prepared, Garcia waited within the driveway. Wagner instructed the newspaper she didn’t notice police have been exterior of her dwelling till gunshots have been fired. “It gave the impression of a battle had damaged out in entrance of my home,” the girl added.
Earlier than Garcia was shot, the witness video confirmed 4 officers surrounding his automobile, with two of them aiming weapons at Garcia. “Put the gun down, motherf—-r,” somebody could be heard yelling at officers. “Bro, don’t shoot him,” one other particular person yelled. The officers, nonetheless, continued pointing their weapons towards the car.
“Hey! Cease f—–g transferring! I’ll f—–g shoot you,” one officer shouted. A bystander made a remaining plea of officers to not shoot Garcia earlier than a popping sound could possibly be heard and subsequent Garcia screaming “ah.” Gunshots adopted. “That’s f—-d up! That’s f—-d up man,” somebody could possibly be heard yelling.
Garcia was killed lower than two months after the demise of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck on Could 25. Floyd’s demise and ensuing widespread protests pushed the dialog of police brutality towards Black and brown folks to middle stage all through the nation.
“I believe the political local weather that we’re in relating to police shootings has made police departments, together with town of Phoenix, extra keen to supply data on the onset of such a tragedy,” Garcia’s household legal professional Daniel Ortega instructed The Arizona Republic.
He added that, “the earlier the household can get solutions as to what occurred, the higher for everybody” as a result of it’s “not unusual” for police “to challenge these statements to defend themselves versus giving the details about what occurred.”
Ortega instructed The Arizona Republic Garcia’s mom was shattered. One among his two sisters was proven on video crying for justice for her brother and weeping for him at a candlelight vigil Monday. “There is not any larger shock that involves a dad or mum that their son or daughter has been fatally shot,” Ortega instructed The Arizona Republic.
Persons are lighting candles for James Garcia within the driveway he died at within the presence of his family and friends. His sister went as much as the candles to grieve her brotherÃ¢ÂÂs demise. pic.twitter.com/nrFEbCUD9n
— Alana Minkler (@alana_minkler) July 7, 2020