Mark Rine has been named as the white cop who shot and killed an unarmed black man in Phoenix on December 2. Rumain Brisbon was shot dead after an altercation with the cop, Rine claimed he thought Brisbon was armed. The victim had allegedly been selling prescription drugs out of his car when he was approached by Rine.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Rine Has Been Moved to Desk Duty
ABC 15 reports that Rine, 30, has been reassigned to desk duty pending an investigation into the shooting of Brisbon. Protestors have been on the streets of Phoenix every night since the shooting, activists are demanding Rine’s resignation, reports Fox 10. According to Phoenix Law Enforcement Association newsletter, Rine joined the force in June 2008.
2. He’s a Former Marine
According to a an article on the website of Arizona homebuilder, Fulton Homes, Rine is a former U.S. Marine who was with the military police. The piece says he joined the Marines out of high school in 2003 and left in 2007. The article was celebrating Rine’s winning of the “Hometown Heroes” award for his military service. In nominating him for the prize, his wife, Kyla, said:
Officer Rine is not only my amazing husband and father to my son and our daughter. He served in the United States Marine Corps, and is now a Phoenix Police officer.
My husband serves on a daily basis as a Phoenix Police officer, and the badge never comes off he just lives to be a protector of all life. One day when we were out as a family he stopped to assist till the local law enforcement arrived. This is all after serving as a United States Marine. He’s an amazing and protective servant to others.
3. No Charges Have Been Filed
The Associated Press, via Tucson News Now, reports that authorities are deciding whether or not to charge Rine with a crime in the shooting of Brisbon. The case couldn’t have come at a worse time for police in Phoenix with tensions running high across the country following the acquittals of Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, and Daniel Pantaleo in New York. Both of those cops faced no charges for killing unarmed black men.
4. Rumain Brisbon Was a Drug Dealing Suspect
CBS 5 in Phoenix reports that Brisbon was sitting in his car on the evening of December 3 outside of a convenience store. A bystander told cops that Brisbon and another man in the car were selling drugs. The cop, a seven-year veteran, approached the SUV, after seeing Brisbon reach for something in the backseat, the officer called for backup. The cops says he told Brisbon to show his hands but instead the victim “placed one or both hands in his waistband area.” Then, Brisbon attempted to leave the car and run. The Phoenix New Times reports that Brisbon somehow made it to his girlfriend’s house and that she opened the front door for him. You can see a friend of Brisbon’s describing the shooting here:
The cop caught him and the two struggled, the two men literally fell in the door. An official police statement said, “The officer gave the suspect several commands to get on the ground but he refused to comply, yelling profanities at the officer.” The statement went on to say that the cop felt something in Brisbon’s pocket and in response, the officer shot the victim twice in the chest, killing him.
5. Rine Has Not Made Any Public Statement Since the Shooting
Heavy.com put in a call to Mark’s wife, Kyra, but she hung up. We got her number from a listing for a large home the couple were selling in the summer of 2014. However AZ Central reports that one police officer, who was glad in riot gear during a protest calling for Rine’s resignation, grasped the hand of Brisbon’s 10-year-old daughter and said “I’m sorry.”