Police released the body cam footage of last month’s traffic stop of a California teen that resulted in the adolescent’s death at the hands of police, showing the officers firing into his body even as he lay on the ground, barely breathing.
The boy, by the way, was white.
Dylan Noble,19, was shot and killed in Fresno on June 25. Police initially showed the footage to his family but declined to release it to the public pending completion of its investigation of the shooting, according to The Guardian.
“They just wanted to shoot him,” said Darren Noble, Dylan’s father, after watching the footage. “They’re just trigger-happy.”
On the basis of the video, the Dylan family initiated a lawsuit against the city, referring to the police action as “an inexcusable use of excessive force.”
The shooting also prompted cries of “White Lives Matter.”
Gail Rowell, grandmother of Dylan Noble's girlfriend, says Noble was at her house just hours before his murder. pic.twitter.com/EZ7QuklxEE
— Cresencio Rodriguez (@cres_guez) June 27, 2016
The Fresno Police Department’s account of the incident is that Noble was stopped in response a report that a man in the area was carrying a rifle, and they believed him to be armed.
Although Noble was unarmed when he exited his vehicle, he also repeatedly ignored orders from the police to stop advancing toward them, get to the ground and show his hands.
“I f—ing hate my life,” Noble shouted as he continued his advance toward the officers with his hands hidden behind his back. At that point he was shot twice by an officer.
As he lay on the ground, Noble appeared to reach at his waist for something and is shot by the same officer a third time.
Then, about 15 seconds later, he’s shot a fourth time from a second officer — this time from a shotgun.
The bodycam footage was narrated by Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, who pointed out significant parts of the video clip.
“Were the last two rounds fired by the officers necessary? Based on a reasonable fear, did the officers have to use deadly force? I do not have the answer to that today,” Dyer said before adding, “That video was extremely disturbing to watch.”
As opposed to many young blacks who’ve been killed by police in recent months, some people feel that the Noble shooting hasn’t received the attention it deserved.
— Vekays (rd) (@akaVekays) July 7, 2016
His death did attract the notice of one Black Lives Matter supporter, however — but she was shot down because Noble was the wrong color.
@disturbedseoul he's white…
— Brent K. Lane (@Laplaceslaw11) July 14, 2016
Undoubtedly latching on to Noble’s last words, another opined that it was a case of suicide by cop.
@disturbedseoul You might to research the story you bubble head. It was suicide by cop.
— craw (@cwforshizzle) July 9, 2016
Although Warren Paboojian, the father’s attorney, acknowledged that Noble refused to follow the officers’ commands, he added that non-lethal measures were available at the scene but not used.
“They were telling a young boy, who may have been under the influence of some alcohol, to do a bunch of commands for a routine traffic stop,” he said, according to The Washington Post.
The raw body cam footage follows. WARNING: Strong language and graphic images.
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Here’s an analysis of the footage — same warning for language and images.
Here’s the cell phone image of the stop. Same warnings apply.
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