Video was released today of a deadly police-involved shooting of a black man in Houston. Mayor Sylvester Turner said he wanted to release the videos to show that the man was armed and “debunk” social media reports that he was unarmed.
The deadly encounter began when two officers saw Braziel standing in an intersection in moving lanes of traffic, police said. The officers saw Braziel wave his hands in the air and then point a gun “directly at the officers,” police said.
The officers took cover behind the open doors of their patrol car and told Braziel to put the gun on the ground, police said.
“Braziel ignored repeated commands and instead raised his arms up, pointed the pistol upward and moved into different aggressive stances, as if getting ready for a fight,” the Houston Police Department said in a statement on July 11. “Braziel then lowered his weapon and again pointed it directly” at the officers, police said.
The officers discharged their duty weapons, “fearing for their lives,” police said.
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