An unarmed black man was shot and killed earlier this week by a Phoenix police officer, who said he mistook the man’s pill bottle for a gun.
This just comes after Daren Wilson, a white cop was let go for shooting Michael Brown and another white officer was let go for choking an innocent black man, Eric Garner to death.
Rumain Brisbon, the 34 year old victim, was parked in a black Cadillac SUV outside of a convenience store on Tuesday evening when police confronted him following two witness reports that he was selling drugs, according to a statement from the Phoenix Police Department.
Police said Brisbon had exited the vehicle and removed an item from the backseat, and when the officer, who is white, told him to put his hands up, Brisbon reportedly reached for his waistband, which led the officer to draw his gun. Brisbon fled and a struggle ensued in a nearby apartment, during which the officer reached into Brisbon’s pocket and felt what he believed to be the handle of a gun, the statement said. He fired twice, striking Brisbon in the torso.
According the statement, police later found that the item the officer grabbed was actually a vial of Oxycodone tablets. They also found a semi-automatic handgun in the SUV.
Phoenix Police did not identify the officer, but said he was a 30-year-old with seven years on the force.
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