It’s a dark season for black people in America as police killing of unarmed Africa Americans is getting incessant. Not long after violent protests seeking justice for Ferguson teenager who was killed by a white cop and another black man that was choked to death by a white officer took place, a Phoenix white officer has killed another unarmed black man.
The white police officer shot and killed 34-year-old Rumain Brisbon on Tuesday, December 2nd after mistaking his Brisbon’s pill bottle for a gun.
According to reports from the Phoenix police, the father of four was suspected to be a drug dealer and was approached by a 30-year-old white officer after a tip-off. Brisbon was asked to come down from his Cadillac SUV for a search by the officer and he agreed.
While coming down from his vehicle, Brisbon was said to have ‘appeared to be removing something’ from the rear seat, according to the police report. He was then instructed to show his hands by the officer. Instead of obeying the command, Brisbon is alleged to have placed one or both hands in his waistband area before fleeing to a nearby apartment building and was pursued by the officer.
The report says Brisbon refused another command from the officer asking him to get on the ground and alleged he started insulting the officer who he struggled with after he was caught.
“During the struggle, Brisbon put his left hand in his pocket and the officer grabbed on to the suspect’s hand, while repeatedly telling the suspect to keep his hand in his pocket,” said the police report.
The two men fell inside an apartment after a door was opened. The officer believed he felt the handle of a gun while holding the suspect’s hand in his pocket”, the statement continued. Having become “unable to maintain his grip on the suspect’s hand”, the officer shot Brisbon twice in the torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A search of Brisbon pocket showed the item was a vial containing several oxycodone tablets. According to a police report, a handgun and a jar allegedly carrying marijuana were found inside Brisbon’s SUV. The unarmed black man shot by police was found to have a criminal record including a burglary conviction.
The officer, who has worked for the department for seven years, was not harmed. Police said he was in the area to investigate an alleged burglary but were told by two people that men inside a black Cadillac SUV were engaged in a drug deal.
Brandon Dickerson, a friend of Brisbon who was driving with him at the time of the event told the Arizona Republic that Brisbon was at the apartment building where he was shot dead to deliver fast food to his children. The newspaper reported that “on Wednesday evening, strewn french fries still littered the front porch”.
Marci Kratter, an attorney for Brisbon’s family, told the newspaper they were considering a wrongful death lawsuit. “It was a senseless tragedy,” she said. “He was unarmed and not a threat to anyone. We intend to pursue this to the full extent of the law.”