PHOENIX – The widow of an unarmed Texas man who was killed by a police officer in Arizona video recording, which later received wide attention, says she feels “betrayed” by the jury him acquitted of murder.
Laney Sweet said her husband, Daniel Shaver, of Granbury, Texas, was performed last year, while he begged for his life. The police in the suburb of Phoenix city of Mesa fired Officer Philip Mitchell Brailsford after the shooting.
“I just don’t understand how someone can watch that video and then say ‘not guilty,’ that this is justified,” Laney Sweet told CBS News in an interview that aired Tuesday. “That Daniel deserved this and that Philip Brailsford doesn’t deserve to be held responsible for his actions.”
Officers had a hotel in response to a report of a man with a gun. The police ordered the Shaver leaving his hotel room, lay face down in the hall and refrain from making unexpected movements.
The jury saw a video of the Razor crawling in the hallway and beg the police by sobs not to shoot him. Authorities released the raw, roughly 18-minute body camera video-Dec. 7, shortly after the verdict was reached. Jurors refused to speak with journalists after returning to their decision.
Brailsford said that he thought the Shaver picked up a gun as he was for his waistband. The authorities have said that it seemed like the Razor was pulling up loose basketball shorts that had fallen down as he crawled.
“He was shot five times for what? For his elbow coming too high? For in the war? For the rules? Why did he deserve to die? He didn’t know,” Sweet said.
No gun was found on Shaver’s body. Two pellet guns in connection with his pest-control job were later found in his hotel room.
Shaver had two young daughters, including an 8-year-old Sweet says now has psychiatric help. Sweet and Shaver parents have filed separate wrongful death lawsuits against the city of Mesa.
Brailsford was a Mesa police officer for two years before he is fired for violating the department policy.