Jury reaches verdict for ex-Mesa policeman accused of murder

Sergio Conner
December 8, 2017

Brailsford, who worked for the Mesa Police Department for about two years, was sacked following the shooting. The shooting occurs just after the 16-minute mark of the video.

The verdict was to be announced late Thursday afternoon in Maricopa County Superior Court.

The Mesa Police Department says the officer closest to Shaver, who appeared to have the best view of Shaver's hand and arm, was not wearing a body camera.

Officers had been called to the scene after reports of a man pointing a rifle out a window. He also said he felt "incredibly sad" for Shaver.

While no gun was found on Shaver's body, two pellet rifles related to his pest-control job were later found in his room.

Brailsford opened fire when Shaver, who had been ordered to crawl toward officers, reached toward the waistband of his shorts. He tells him to keep his legs crossed and then put both of his hands out in front of him and then pull himself up into a kneeling position. Shaver then apologizes and the officer says, "I didn't say this was a conversation". One of the videos then shows Shaver appear to reach his hand back to his waist. "You do that again, we're shooting you", the officer screams.

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Charbel said a pellet rifle was pointed out the window for 30 to 45 seconds because Shaver wanted to show another man in his hotel room how far the rifle's scope allowed him to see.

The investigator noted he did not see anything that would have prevented officers from simply handcuffing Shaver as he was on the floor.

Prosecutors accused Brailsford of being too fast to pull the trigger, and alleged that Brailsford may not have even been looking at Shaver when he pulled the trigger. "The Justice system miserably failed Daniel and his family", Geragos said about the video and the not guilty verdict.

The shooting came at a time a year ago when the American Civil Liberties Union and Black Lives Matter had been pressing police agencies around the country to ease up on deadly use-of-force tactics.

Mesa police fired Brailsford a few weeks later for performance issues, and also because the officer had "You're Fucked" engraved on his rifle's dust cover.

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