Dashcam video from a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy’s cruiser shows an unarmed man walking with his pants around his ankles shortly before he was fatally shot by police.
Deputy Cameron Brewer stopped his car at an intersection in Houston, Texas after noticing a skirmish between Danny Ray Thomas, 34, and another man, who is seen in the video shoving Thomas, reported Huff Post.
Brewer orders “Get down, man! Get down on the ground,” before choosing to shoot the unarmed man with a gun instead of a taser.
Brewer then appears in the video apparently performing CPR on the unarmed man he just shot. Thomas was transported to the hospital, and later pronounced dead.
Thomas’ sister, Kita Thomas-Smith, attended a Houston City Council meeting on Tuesday where she told politicians do to something about “police brutality”.
Mayor Sylvester Turner told her: “I certainly feel your pain. We are certainly sorry for any life that is taken.”
Outside city hall, Ms Thomas-Smith told the Houston Chronicle of the dashcam video. “It feels like premeditated murder.
“He was clearly walking, not running, toward the deputy not trying to hurt or harm him.”
The Houston Police Department said in a statement that Mr Thomas was found “walking in the middle of the intersection” of a busy road in the city.
Deputy Brewer noticed him with “his pants around his ankles, talking to himself and hitting vehicles as they passed by”.
“Thomas then struck a white vehicle, and the driver exited and engaged in a physical altercation with the suspect,” Houston police said.
Strangely, the trained officer claims he feared for his life from the unarmed man with his pants pulled down.
“Fearing for his safety, the deputy discharged his duty weapon, striking Thomas once in the chest,” said Houston police.
According to relatives, Thomas has suffered from depression since his 2 children were drowned to death by their mother in 2016.
Brewer is on paid administrative leave during the investigation.
Watch the dashcam video below:
New video released by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on Monday captures the moments when a deputy shot and killed Danny Ray Thomas, 34, during an altercation in north Houston on Thursday. https://t.co/lQUAi3PAmT pic.twitter.com/pwlf4Ocx75
— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) March 26, 2018