Dashcam footage released yesterday appears to show a Texas officer shooting a black man as he walked away, something the man’s lawyer says proves that he was not a threat.
Fort Worth Police shot David Collie in the back five months ago, leaving him paralyzed, after the off-duty officers confronted Collie while searching for two shirtless black men who they had believed committed a robbery.
Police claimed that Collie responded by pulling out a box cutter and pointing it at the cops, which officers mistook for the handgun used by the robbery suspects. Collie was charged with assault, but the case was ultimately dismissed.
The video, which is badly lit, doesn’t make clear whether or not Collie had something in his hands at the time of the shooting. Collie’s lawyer claims that a box cutter found nearby didn’t belong to him, and that Collie was not involved in the robbery.
The officer who shot at Collie has returned to duty. Collie’s case against the officer is pending in front of a grand jury.
"I don't believe most people are racist but there are indeed racial biases that persist, and they don't go away when you go to the police academy," said Nate Washington, Collie’s lawyer. "Having racial biases doesn't necessarily make you a bad person but we need to find a way to remove them when it comes to police work."