A video recorded by a body camera worn by a Dallas police officer may contradict a police report about the fatal shooting of Jason Harrison, 38, which took place on June 14, 2014.
Attorneys for the Harrison family, who have filed a wrongful death lawsuit, released the video (below) on March 16.
The incident began when Jason’s mother, Shirley, called 911 and asked police to take her mentally ill son to a local hospital.
When the police arrived and knocked on the door, Shirley opened it and calmly walked out.
As Jason stood in the doorway holding a small screwdriver, Dallas Police Officers John Rogers and Andrew Hutchins yelled at him to drop it, and began shooting seconds later.
The Harrison family claims Jason never posed a threat to the officers, and that the screwdriver was a small tool used for fixing computers.
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"This is a perfect video for the Dallas Police Department to use in training as an example of what not to do. You don’t yell at them, that only agitates them," Jason's older brother, Sean Harrison, told The Dallas Morning News.
Chris Livingston, an attorney for both officers, claimed Jason lunged at the officers and made a "stabbing motion" with the screwdriver.
Dallas police have said the video backs up the officers' claims of self-defense, but an investigation by internal affairs is ongoing.
"It was the most heartbreaking experience, experience in my life," Shirley told NBC Dallas Fort Worth. "To stand there helpless, he's helpless. I couldn't help him. To be gunned down right before my eyes."
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