Phoenix man shot by a group of police officers point-blank which leads to a new wave of violent protests
Another possible criminal is preparing to become a martyr for thousands of Americans in the fight against the police. James “Jay” Garcia, 28, was inside the car when officers surrounded him. According to Phoenix PD, Garcia pulled out a gun, causing heavy fire from the police.
On Sunday, several police patrols responded to the call for aggravated assault. Garcia was a suspect, so for some time, the police demanded that he get out of the car and surrender. In the video, you can hear as an officer ordered to obey or he will open fire.
Immediately after the incident, the Phoenix Police Department released an official statement in connection with the incident. According to the statement, Garcia was armed and tried to use weapons against officers. The police acted as part of self-defense.
The public, fueled by the murder of George Floyd and the mass protests that have been going on for the past month, have not believed the police and are demanding the publication of video from police bodycams showing Garcia’s weapons.
“The department also issued a premature statement leaving out facts about the case. We cannot allow for dishonest narratives to be built by violent departments. We will continue to call for independent investigations into officer involved shootings,” Facebook post says.
In addition, dozens of protesters staged anti-police protests the night after the killing of James Garcia. At a broadcast from the epicenter of clashes between civilians and officers, it is audible that the police are using tear gas to disperse the crowd.
In a rebuttal to the investigation, a friend of the deceased, Steven Merry said that Garcia was not armed.
“They put the gun on his head like this and they’re still telling him not to move, to get his hand off a gun he don’t have and then they shot him again,” Mr. Merry told KSAZ.