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9 Dec 2017

Video Shows How Police Fatally Shot a Man Who Was Fighting With Another Police

A citizen’s video that shows the fatal shooting of a Lauderdale Lakes man by a Broward Sheriff’s deputy appeared on social media.
Outside CCTV of man beating deputy officer
And on Friday afternoon, the sheriff’s office took the unusual step of releasing additional video from surveillance cameras, two deputies’ body cameras and 911 recordings from the open investigation to defend the actions of Deputies Sean Youngward, 48, and Steven Briggs, 49, when they met Jean Pedro Pierre, 42, Wednesday at the Sunset Hills Condominium in Lauderdale Lakes.

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said Friday he wanted to share the evidence to be transparent and correct what he called “misinformation” about the shooting. At the beginning of his press conference, he offered condolences to Pierre’s family.

“I cannot imagine what you are going through,” Israel said.

But he also wanted to take steps to keep peace in the community.

“There is information on social media that is just untrue and are actual lies,” Israel said.

He said Pierre was shot three times, not seven, and he did not die at the complex, as was rumored.

“He was given CPR, our firefighters transported him to Broward Health Medical Center and he died [there] hours later,” Israel said.

“What you see on video is not the end all, but what you see on video is indisputable,” Israel said. “The public cannot say that this person was executed. ... And I think it’s critically important to the Broward County citizen to see what actually happened so that rumor, innuendo and violence will not start.”

The surveillance video is from the condominium’s security cameras. It does not have audio, but the deputies’ body camera videos and citizen’s video that was shot from several stories above the shooting scene do have sound.

Youngward was the first deputy to respond at 4:50 p.m. to a report of a disturbance at the complex, at 3610 NW 21st St. that is east of State Road 7. Videos show that when they met at the apartment door, Youngward was “overwhelmed by the superior size and strength” of Pierre, Israel said.

Several times, Pierre slaps Youngward who aims a Taser at him as the men move out of the hallway and toward a parking lot.

The body camera footage puts the viewer in the deputies’ boots, and it’s harrowing. Youngward, hired two years ago by the sheriff’s office, tells Pierre to “Back down,” “What’s wrong with you?” and “Stand down” as they fight their way out to the parking lot. The clicking of Youngward’s Taser can be heard.

“Settle down,” Youngward says. “You tell me what’s wrong here. Just tell me, what is wrong?”

Pierre’s responses are not clearly audible on the body camera recording.

“It was a violent encounter,” Israel said. When Youngward’s Taser did not stop Pierre, the deputy falls on his back onto the ground, and Pierre kicks him multiple times. He also grabs the deputy’s foot. Youngward pulls out an expandable baton but barely uses it.

“Let go of my leg, sir!” Youngward can be heard saying several times on the cellphone video.

Youngward may have drawn on training to try to de-escalate the situation, Israel said. Youngward did not pull his gun or aim it at Pierre.

“When police officers and deputies act appropriately, we do not decide the use of force,” Israel said. “The amount of force that is exhibited is decided by the suspect that we’re trying to bring into custody or the person that we’re trying to help. He did everything he could to save himself and to end this confrontation. Mr. Pierre grabbed his leg and the deputy was basically rendered helpless.”

The cellphone video also recorded the voices of onlookers who were standing on an upper floor of the four-story complex. Youngward had called in a Code 3, signaling he was in great danger, and as approaching sirens grew louder, the bystanders urged Pierre to let go of the deputy.

Watch video below:



Source: orlandosentinel

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