A Texas shooting video allegedly shows 41-year-old Gilbert Flores being shot to death by Texas police officers even after he raised his arms in surrender.
Video shows the stunning end to the standoff in the driveway of a well-manicured home in the quiet subdivision. They confirmed it was Flores on Monday.
The unfortunate incident comes at a time when tensions between police force and the public – particularly the minority communities – are higher than ever.
Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, said the video was evidence that body cameras should be worn by officers and deputies.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies who fatally shot a man with hands up, they say, should have had this incident concealed. “Now there are other videos and other pieces of evidence that we want to gather”. It shows Flores with his hands up in the air before two shots are heard and Flores is seen plummeting to the ground.
The man, from what Thomas could see, “wasn’t attacking” the officers. The only audio that was captured was that of the gunshots and Thomas’ reaction. It is unclear when and under what circumstances the officers encountered Flores.
They reportedly found a woman and a three-week-old old baby who had been injured, as well as Flores, who police said in a report was “armed”.
It’s not clear if Flores had a weapon on him. “And after a lengthy confrontation, both deputies fired shots, causing the man’s death”.
Some Facebook users questioned the department’s criticism of KSATV, especially in light of the sheriff’s promise of transparency and thoroughness in the internal investigation. They have been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation.
Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood said the video was “disturbing” but told people not to “rush to judgement” over what may have happened.
“I don’t know what his intent was”, LaHood said. “That gives us a whole different perspective that we’ve never had to deal with before”. The whole thing was caught on video, and nearly as soon as the incident happened, a local news station did their jobs and aired footage. Sanchez has worked more than 20 years with the sheriff’s office and Vasquez has been with the agency more than 10 years, according to records with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
“Threats to our deputies” lives’. “It is not uncommon for news organizations to pay for video from freelancers or citizen journalists”, the KSAT 12 quoted its managers as saying. Authorities have since revealed that there is a second video that was taken from a closer distance.
KSAT did not warn the Sheriff’s Office that it would post the raw video Monday.
Authorities said the man refused deputies’ attempts to take him into custody and a Taser could not subdue him, the Express-News reported. “It is not uncommon for news organizations to pay for video from freelancers or citizen journalists”. “…[W]e’re asking for calm…” the department tweeted. “When that did not work, they were forced to discharge their weapons”.