Stories From Victims

Daniel Shaver shot 5 times with an assault rifle in the hallway of his Mesa hotel by ex-police officer Philip Brailsford - January 2016

 

Brailsford was later found not guilty of 2nd degree murder. However, the city of Mesa is bracing for what is sure to be an expensive wrongful death lawsuit/settlement.

"It took people watching my husband die a very horrible, inhumane death for people to care,"  - Daniel's widow. 

Bodycam footage of Daniel Shaver's murder shows him completely unarmed and complying with police orders before being shot 5 times with an assault rifle. Police claim he made a motion as if he was reaching behind him, which caused ex-police officer Philip Brailsford to react with lethal force. Never mind that they were putting him under an incredibly stressful situation and could have subdued/handcuffed him at almost any time during this video. WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

Phoenix protester Joshua Cobin shot with 'pepper ball' in groin by police officer during anti-Trump protest - August 2017

This protester was shot in the groin after thousands of people engaged in peaceful protest were illegally "kettled" by police, who by their own admission, without warning used chemical gas and flashbangs to force peaceful protesters off of the sidewalk onto the streets downtown. 


Internal police reports show a 17 minute delay from in between when protesters were warned to leave and the time flashbangs, tear gas, pepper balls were launched without warning into the crowd. There were several thousand people in the crowd including women, children, and elderly people. 


PDF:  http://bit.ly/2CgYaSx 


He was arrested two days later on 2 felony charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer and 1 count of unlawful assembly. 

 

Several hundred Phoenix residents took over a city council meeting for five hours the next week to protest the excessive use of force by police during the event.


In January 2018, the Legal Director for the ACLU of Arizona, Kathy Brody issued a statement on the protest in response to a police report 5 months in the making:


“The Phoenix Police Department did not protect the First Amendment rights of protesters and caused many people to go home with cuts, bruises, and other injuries. There are many videos of officers attacking protesters with pepper spray and projectiles at dangerously close range. It is shocking and disheartening that the department determined this excessive use of force was justified."


With the help of the ACLU and a fantastic legal team, Mr. Cobin later plead guilty to disorderly conduct in February 2018.

If you live in AZ, you have almost assuredly by now have seen clips of Mr. Cobin kicking a smoking tear gas canister before being shot by a police officer in the groin. What you most likely DIDN'T see was this angle that gives 30 seconds of context. He was assisting an older woman who had fallen down after getting maced and was in danger of being trampled by the rapidly advancing police line. You'll notice he is shot in the back with a pepper ball while retreating. Who's the real aggressor here?

Rumain Brisbon, unarmed, shot twice by police officer Mark Rine in December 2014.

According to witnesses, Mr. Brisbon refused to comply with the officer's commands to get on the ground, and the two struggled once the officer caught up with him.


"During the struggle, Brisbon put his left hand in his pocket and the officer grabbed onto the suspect's hand, while repeatedly telling the suspect to keep his hand in his pocket," he said. "The officer believed he felt the handle of a gun while holding the suspect's hand in his pocket."


The officer could no longer keep a grip on Brisbon's hand and, because he feared that the suspect had a gun in his pocket, fired two shots, the witness said. 


While the Maricopa County Attorney declined to prosecute the police officer involved, the city of Phoenix settled a wrongful death claim on behalf of Mr. Brisbon's family for $1.5 million.


His family and friends said he was a loving and devoted family man. 


A search warrant would later reveal several thousand dollars in Brisbon's apartment, oxycodone that had been in his pockets and a handgun in his car. The items may amount to motives for Brisbon, whose prior convictions prohibited him from possessing a weapon, to evade an officer, police say.


But friends and family are troubled by this account, saying he would never run from police and stressing the short distance between the car and the apartment. And at least one witness has contradicted portions of the narrative.


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