A Florida man kicked, punched and dragged a deputy before he was fatally shot by the police, surveillance video shows.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office released the images of Jean Pedro, Pierre, 42, beating and dragging Deputy Sean Youngward, 48, at a condominium complex in Lauderdale Lakes on Wednesday, the Miami Herald reported.
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The department said it released the images on Friday to be destroyed on rumors that are circulating on social media about the shooting. Some social media users accused of officer executing an unarmed man – but Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the video shows what actually happened.
“What you see on the video is not the end, but what you see on the video is indisputable,” Israel said, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “The public can’t say that this person was running. … And I think it is of crucial importance to the Broward County citizens to see what really happened, so the rumors, innuendo, and violence will not be started.”
The deputies were called to the condominium complex with respect to a disturbance report, WISHTV reported.
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The video showed Pierre hunt Youngward down in the hallway of an apartment building in Lauderdale Lakes, while hitting him. Youngward and Pierre come in the front of the building, where the deputy appeared to pull a weapon and point it at the suspect.
Pierre walked in the direction of the agent and hit him, causing him to fall to the ground. While Youngward was on the ground, Pierre hit him and grabbed his legs. The suspect drag Youngward, who tried to tase and beat him with his baton.
“Settle down,” Youngward said. “You tell me what is wrong here. Tell me, what’s wrong?”
Another officer, Deputy Steven Briggs, approached Pierre after being called for back-up. Pierre continued to drag Youngward while kicking him. Briggs tried to tase Pierre, but was not successful.
“Tase him, tase him, not shoot him,” someone in the video was told to say.
“Let it go, bro. They will shoot you, man,” another person was heard shouting in the video.
Pierre stopped at the approach of Briggs, who shot him three times. The suspect was transported to the hospital, where he died.
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“Youngward tried to stop the violent attack by deploying his Taser and with the help of its ASP (expanding baton). Neither the form of less lethal force stopped Pierre from assaulting him,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
“(Deputy) Briggs ordered Pierre to stop,” the agency continued. “Instead, Pierre is charged to the (Deputy) Briggs and a number of shots were fired. Pierre was not armed.”
Pierre’s family told CBS Miami the family “was devastated.”
“I know that my father didn’t mean it,” Pierre’s daughter, Shania, told CBS Miami. “He didn’t mean it at all. My father, he had a mental health problem that nobody knew and I wish the police knew about it for him to kill.”
Both deputies are on leave while the shooting is investigated, according to the protocol.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.