An ex-officer has been found not guilty for killing an unarmed dad. According to AZ Central, former Mesa police Officer Philip "Mitch" Brailsford of Maricopa County was determined not guilty of second-degree murder charges.
The charges related to a fatal incident on January 18, 2016 in which 26-year-old Daniel Shaver was confronted by six police officers at a La Quinta Inn & Suites hallway. They were attending to call about an armed man at the building. Shaver was reportedly was kneeling, crying and begging not to be shot. The incident was captured on two police on-body cameras. The video is seen below per Daily Mail. It appears that Shaver was confused trying to follow the officers' instructions. Shaver began to cry and said, "Please don't shoot me." He crawled towards the officers and then raised his right hand near his waistband. That's when Brailsford fired.
Brailsford claimed that he fired his gun five times when he believed Shaver was reaching for a gun. In his testimony, he stood by his claim: "If this situation happened exactly as it did that time, I would have done the same thing."
After the shooting, authorities determined Shaver to have been unarmed. In his hotel room, they found a pellet gun which he used in his pest-control job.
Mark Geragos, the lawyer for Shaver's widow, dismissed the verdict as a failure. "The justice system miserably failed Daniel (Shaver) and his family."
[Photo: Mesa Police Department]