Published: Sat, December 09, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Daniel Shaver: Police officer not guilty of murder

Daniel Shaver: Police officer not guilty of murder

Mr Shaver was confronted by police responding to a report of a man pointing a gun out of his hotel room window in January 2016.

"Young man, you are not to move".

Throughout the trial, which began in late October, Deputy County Attorney Susie Charbel portrayed Brailsford as a "killer" who claimed he feared for his life to cover up an unjustified shooting.

"Listen to my instructions or it's going to become very uncomfortable for you", one of the officers shouted. It was later determined that Shaver had a pellet gun in the room for work, but he did not have it with him at the time of the shooting. Shaver was reportedly was kneeling, crying and begging not to be shot.

"You do that again", an officer barked, "we're shooting you".

Brailsford claimed that he fired his gun five times when he believed Shaver was reaching for a gun.

High-powered attorney Mark Geragos, who is representing the family, called the shooting an "execution" and said the "justice system miserably failed", reported The Arizona Republic.

The detective investigating the shooting had agreed Shaver's movement was similar to reaching for a pistol, but has said it also looked as though Shaver was pulling up his loose-fitting basketball shorts that had fallen down as he was ordered to crawl toward officers. The circumstances that night that were presented led him to conclude that he was in danger.

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"We had confidence that the jury would recognize this as a tragedy, not a murder, and that Mitch Brailsford acted in a split-second as he was trained", he said.

Piccarreta also said he wasn't sure his client would be interested in trying to get his police job back.

Shaver's widow, Laney Sweet, shook her head, motioning "no" after the jury's decision, and told reporters she wasn't going to answer any questions, according to the New York Daily News.

The president of the Mesa police union, Nate Gafvert, said on Thursday that he was "extremely relieved with the verdict, although not surprised" and added that the union felt charges should never have been filed to begin with.

Brailsford told jurors that he was terrified for the safety of officers and a woman who was in the hallway.

Nate Gafvert, president of the Mesa police union, which has supported Brailsford, said the trial took an emotional toll on both Brailsford's and Shaver's family.

The contents of the body camera footage had been described to the public before, when Brailsford was first charged, but the video itself was withheld until this morning. Video of the shooting by a passer-by played a decisive role in that case.

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