In 2016, Daniel Shaver was shot to death by police. The officer who killed Shaver, Philip Brailsford, was recently found not guilty on charges of manslaughter, despite the existence of an incredibly graphic video of the incident, in which Shaver can be seen begging for his life. Now, Shaver's wife is speaking about the incident, categorizing the slaying as "an execution."
"I've been fighting for two years and screaming. Finally, now, it took people watching my husband die a very horrible inhumane death for people to care," Laney Sweet said in a recent interview.
"You had a man begging for his life, and he was shot five times for what?" she continued. "For his elbow coming up too high? For being confused? For being compliant? Why did he deserve to die? He didn't."
The video in question had been sealed by courts until after the not guilty verdict was delivered. In it, Shaver can be seen complying with demands from police.
"I just don't understand how anybody could watch that video and then say, 'not guilty,' that this is justified that Daniel deserved this, and that Philip Brailsford doesn't deserve to be held accountable for his actions," Sweet said. "I think this goes back to the Mesa Police Department's training, that this is really how they're trained."
According to AZCentral, Brailsford testified that he fired because it appeared Shaver was reaching for a gun, and said if "this situation happened exactly as it did that time, I would have done the same thing." Brailsford was unarmed.
Sweet also discussed the effect her husband's death has had on their children. One of their daughters attempted suicide shortly after the killing.
"She tried choking herself while she was at school, and told her friend that she wanted to die, so I spent all last evening with her in the hospital getting her psychiatric help ... She told me that she wanted to be with her dad," Sweet explained.
Sweet also noted how the officer's use of excessive force in the past had not been used as evidence in his trial. She has recently filed a wrongful death civil suit and is demanding that the U.S. Department of Justice investigate the situation.
[Photo: Screenshot from YouTube]
Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxygen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content.