Police have released dashcam video from the fatal shooting of a naked and unarmed teen. You can watch the video above.
David Joseph, 17, was killed in Austin, Texas, on February 8 when police were called to a “disturbance.” On May 17, a Travis County grand jury declined to indict the officer who shot Joseph, Geoffrey Freeman, according to the Austin American Statesman.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo fired Freeman for violating department policy in March. Freeman is appealing his firing.
Freeman had been called to an apartment complex on Yaegar Lane for a reported disturbance at 9:57 a.m., but could not find anyone. Witnesses told Freeman 911 was called after a man was chasing another man through the complex.
He stayed in the neighborhood and located Joseph at about 10:30 a.m. in the 12000 block of Nature’s Bend, according to police.
The video shows that the entire incident lasted only seconds. Joseph can be seen running toward Freeman’s police car.
Joseph pauses for a second and Freeman says, “stop right there man, stop right there,” and Joseph begins sprinting toward him.
Freeman then yells several times, “don’t move” and “stop, stop” as Joseph runs at him quickly. Freeman then fires two shots. The shooting is not seen on the video.
Freeman told investigators he gave Joseph an initial set of commands, which he did not respond to. Freeman said Joseph then charged at him and he fired his gun.
Police radio dispatches, courtesy of Broadcastify.com, show that a dispatcher told Freeman there were no weapons reported to be involved in the initial disturbance. The audio can be listened to below:
A dispatcher told Freeman the 911 caller said “somebody jumped a fence and tried to chase a neighbor.” The dispatcher described the suspect as “a black male, tall, thin, wearing jeans, boxers.” The suspect was running after a neighbor toward a gate and then stopped, the dispatcher said.
You can read more about Joseph and the shooting at the link below:
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