Texas police kill ‘man with hands up’

This video from the USA says about itself:

Texas Deputies Kill Unarmed Man. Gilbert Flores Killed by Texas Police (UNEDITED VIDEO)

1 September 2015

More about this video is here.

From KSAT.com in Texas, USA about this:

ACLU issues statement on BCSO deputy-involved shooting

Bexar County deputies fatally shot Gilbert Flores Friday

By Robert Taylor – Web – News Editor

Posted: 12:26 PM, September 01, 2015

Updated: 6:42 PM, September 01, 2015

SAN ANTONIO – The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas issued a statement Tuesday on the fatal shooting of Gilbert Flores by two Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

The deputies shot and killed Flores Friday while responding to a domestic disturbance report.

KSAT 12 obtained and has released a witness video of the shooting on its website, showing the moment the shooting took place.

Executive Director of the ACLU of Texas Terri Burke issued the following statement:

“The video of Gilbert Flores’ fatal shooting by two deputies of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office raises serious concerns over whether these officers used force that was proportional to the circumstances. Like other events that that we’ve seen across the country involving interactions with law enforcement, this one points to a troubling trend of overzealous and abusive policing. The video doesn’t show every aspect of the interaction, but it certainly raises serious questions about whether the level of force was constitutionally permissible. We call on the Sheriff’s department and the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office to conduct a transparent investigation and hold any wrongdoers accountable.”

ACLU of Texas Senior Policy Strategist Matt Simpson issued this statement:

“Were it not for the footage captured by a concerned member of the public, Texans would have no record of yet another interaction with police that turned deadly. To provide more objective evidence of police encounters, all law-enforcement agencies should adopt use of body-worn cameras. Though not a complete solution for incidents of deterring officer or civilian misconduct, body-worn cameras would enable law enforcement to become more transparent to the public, promote police accountability, and help ensure interactions with community members are fair and lawful.”

Rep. Joaquin Castro (Texas-20) also talked about the need for more body cameras in his statement on the shooting, released Tuesday.

“The encounter is extremely disturbing as it appears to show an unarmed man with his hands up being shot by a deputy. This incident is further evidence that police officers and deputies should wear body cameras. The widely-supported technology brings transparency and accountability that protects law enforcement and civilians alike. With regard to the specific case in San Antonio, I trust that District Attorney Nico LaHood will pursue an indictment if all the evidence merits it,” Castro said.

See also here. And here.

7 thoughts on “Texas police kill ‘man with hands up’

  1. Thursday 3rd September 2015

    posted by Morning Star in World

    NEW evidence emerged on Tuesday in the controversial police shooting of a Texan man who apparently had his hands raised in surrender.

    Gilbert Flores was shot dead by two deputies north-west of San Antonio on Friday, in the latest apparent case of trigger-happy policing.

    Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood described the new video and one broadcast earlier as “disturbing.”

    An initial video recorded by a motorist from some distance away shows Mr Flores outside a home facing two deputies as he raises his hands. The deputies fire multiple times.

    Police claimed Mr Flores was armed, but they did not say with what, and that the officers tried unsuccessfully to subdue him by non-lethal methods including a Taser.

    Mr LaHood declined to say whether he believed Mr Flores was raising his arms to surrender.

    “I don’t know what his intent was,” he said. “All I can tell you is the video is disturbing.”



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