The Latest: Jurors see video of officer shooting unarmed man
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a former Mesa police officer charged with murder for fatally shooting an unarmed man at a hotel in January 2016 (all times local):
Jurors at the murder trial of a former Mesa police officer were shown a video of the lawman fatally shooting an unarmed man who he sobbed and begged not to be shot.
It marked the first time the footage that recorded the death has been shown in public.
The video aired at Philip Brailsford’s trial shows Daniel Shaver laying in a hallway outside his Mesa hotel room.
Officers were there in response to a call that someone was pointing a gun out of a window.
Brailsford shot when Shaver, who had been ordered to crawl toward officers, reached toward the waistband of his shorts.
The officer believed Shaver was reaching for a gun.
Authorities say it looked as though Shaver was pulling up his shorts that had fallen down as he crawled.
The judge presiding over the murder trial of a former Mesa, Arizona, police officer has barred news organizations from broadcasting video of the lawman fatally shooting an unarmed man.
Judge George Foster on Thursday agreed with Philip Brailsford’s argument that broadcasting the footage before the end of his trial could hurt his fair-trial rights.
The decision clears the way for lawyers to make opening statements.
Brailsford is charged with murder in the death of Daniel Shaver of Granbury, Texas, at a Mesa hotel.
The Associated Press and other news organizations contend the public has a right to see the video.
A portion of the video was previously released, but the trial would mark the first time unedited footage will be shown publicly.
Opening statements are scheduled Thursday at the murder trial of a former Mesa police officer charged in the 2016 shooting death of an unarmed man.
Lawyers at Philip Brailsford’s trial were scheduled to address jurors Wednesday. But opening statements were rescheduled after his attorney sought to bar news organizations from broadcasting videos of the shooting of Daniel Shaver.
Judge George Foster needed more time to rule on the request, which The Associated Press and other news organizations opposed.
Brailsford has said he believed Shaver was reaching for a gun.
No gun was found on Shaver’s body.
Authorities say Shaver wasn’t voicing threats and was begging police not to shoot him.
Brailsford was later fired for policy violations.
This story has been corrected so that the headline says the jury was shown a video of a police officer shooting an unarmed man, not a suspect.