Protests arise in Phoenix over fatal police shooting
Protesters in Phoenix are filled with outrage after police fatally shot a man in a parked car on Saturday.
Cops say that the man, Jay Garcia, was armed and pointed his gun at the officers.
CNN reports that Garcia’s sister took to Facebook to say that her brother was simply sleeping in the car and was unarmed at the time. It’s not clear if she was present at the shooting.
“On Tuesday, about 40 protesters took to the streets of Paradise Valley, an affluent neighborhood where [Arizona] Gov. Doug Ducey lives, according to NBC affiliate KPNX,” said parent network NBC News, to protest the shooting.
“’Ducey, what I want to tell you, I want you to do a better job policing your police,’ one protester said. Ducey’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday morning.”
Police say they were responding to a call placed by a man who said he’d been previously stabbed. The man who placed the call claimed that the stabber was nearby with another man, who also happened to have a gun.
The police Garcia, who was parked in a vehicle on a driveway. However, Garcia refused to leave the vehicle.
“Officers talked to the man for approximately 10 minutes, asking him to leave his car so they could secure the scene. He refused and eventually rolled up the windows and pulled out a gun,” police said in the statement.
Video of the scene shared on AZCentral show officers surrounding the vehicle screaming at the man to put down his gun. Even the witness recording the video, or someone standing near to him, yell for the man to put down the gun.
Someone can be heard yelling, “Put the gun down bro.”
Then a cop warns “…shoot you.”
The camera turns down to the street as shots are fired, presumably by police. When the video returns the officer standing closest to the man is in firing position and a circular hole is in the driver’s side window of the vehicle.
During the altercation, police were hectored by bystanders.
“The murder of Jay Garcia is another devastating example of the Phoenix Police Department’s inability to meet situations with any other tool but violence,” said Ben Laughlin, an organizer with the group Poder in Action.
Poder’s website says: “We build power to disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression and determine a liberated future as people of color in Arizona.”
Yes, and so do police.
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