COLOMBIA, SC (AP) – A sheriff’s department in South Carolina on Wednesday released more body camera footage of the fatal shooting of a man, after the man’s family called for his release and an independent investigation. was attacked by fragments.
New video from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department shows a minute before Saturday’s shooting in which Irwin D. Maurer Charlie’s mother tells an officer to “get out of my house” and the deputy notes a cut on his arm.
Connie Craig’s tone changed immediately when his son suddenly comes out of the house with a piece of wood with a pointed end. Moorer Charlie walked up to a deputy, who pointed a gun at him, asking him to drop what the officer called a knife, according to the video.
“Don’t kill my son,” Craig pleaded over body camera footage
A second deputy, who had just arrived, tried to stun Maurer Charlie with a Taser, but there was no response, and Charlie accused the officer. The video shows the officer firing seven times until Charlie stumbles upon his back and collapses.
Moorer Charlie’s family said at a news conference Wednesday that the deputy should have brought in a mental health crisis team that the sheriff’s department had recently created because Moorer was at home several times dealing with Charlie’s mental breakdown. He also said that the officer did not need to shoot a man who at one point stepped backwards and had only a piece of wood. The sheriff later said that it appeared to be the arm of a chair.
“My son was a lovely son. Didn’t bother anyone. He just had mental health issues,” Craig said.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Sunday he thinks what Deputy John Anderson and Zachary Heintz did in a close encounter turned violent. It was the first fatal shooting by a deputy in one of South Carolina’s largest departments in nine years.
“We can’t expect these representatives to go out of here and get killed,” Lott said on Sunday. “They have to protect themselves. And that’s what this deputy did yesterday. He protected himself.”
New body camera footage shows Moorer Charlie’s brother telling Anderson that his brother has a knife, which is quickly corrected with scissors. He says, “Don’t shoot or anything. He doesn’t have a gun.”
Videos show Maurer Charlie slowly walking towards the deputy with a piece of wood as they demand that he drop it and land on the ground. At one point he starts backing up and said “You can shoot me.” The delegates start moving towards him and he starts walking on them again.
“We believe that officers could have disarmed Mr. Charlie easily and without the use of lethal force. Yet they came with guns blazing,” said family lawyer Shaquana Cuttino.
After shooting Craig was told “Irwin!” Shouting can be heard. And crying and screaming. The deputy handcuffed the moorer Charlie as blood had pooled around him. “All you have to do is drop the knife,” Heintz, who fired the Taser and his gun, said on body camera footage.
For most of the 13-minute video of both deputies, they are seen moving back and forth performing CPR on Charlie, a bloody moorer, with their eyes pointed up and their head swinging uncontrollably back and forth with each chest compression. Used to be.
The family was shown the video on Monday and the sheriff’s department was asked to release it as well. The sheriff initially only released a 15-second clip showing Moorer walking past Charlie’s deputy, saying that the shooting “just isn’t something everyone needs to see,” then released a dashboard camera video in which Shooting was shown from a distance. The 13-minute clip was released after the family’s Wednesday news conference.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the shooting itself. Lott has said that his officers have the expertise and flair to conduct fair investigations of their fellow officers. He also uses a civilian advisory board to review shootings and other major incidents and reports back and asks the FBI to review any officer shootings. A prosecutor will review the department’s findings and decide whether the shooting was justified.
Another family lawyer said it was immoral for the agency whose officers killed Moore Charlie so that the shooting could also be investigated,
“This hen is the fox guarding the hen,” said attorney Brendan Green.
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