Fresno Police released body camera footage Wednesday of officers fatally shooting Dylan Noble, 19, who is white, The Los Angeles Times reports. He added that the men who shot and killed Noble are veteran officers, each serving more than 15 years on the force.
"Tensions are high", said Dyer.
As it turns out, Noble was actually holding a 4-inch plastic container with malleable clay.
While the footage heightens the debate over body-worn cameras and if their recordings should be made public - a move that law enforcement agencies strongly oppose - it also opens the discussion about how the mentally ill and depressed are treated by the police. The footage shows Noble ignoring several police commands to stand still and keep his hands up.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the officers thought their lives were in danger and opened fire when they saw Noble reaching into the waistband of his trousers, potentially to draw out a gun.
Police fired a total of four shots and noble later died at a nearby hospital as a result of his injuries. He falls to his knees after being shot twice and, as he lay bleeding on the ground, a second officer shoots him two more times with a shotgun. An officer yells at him to put both arms out.
"Do not reach again, please", an officer said.
The graphic video was shown last week to Noble's family. "He wanted to be a professional DJ, but mostly, he wanted to be a dad", the newspaper reported.
On June 27, mourners and protestors riding motorcycles gathered on the road in front of the Chevron where Noble was shot and disrupted traffic while marching, carrying Confederate flags, and chanting "white lives matter". The first shot to the stomach causes him to drop to the ground.
The reaction to Noble's death has been controversial.
Angered by the deaths, a lone gunman shot five officers in Dallas, Thursday, after an otherwise peaceful Black Lives Matter protest.
"I anticipate that some of this video will answer numerous questions out there in this community", said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
The father's attorney, Warren Paboojian, says police should have used a stun gun or canine, rather than deadly force.
"In many respects, we are a spark away from a forest fire in our communities in America", said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
"The footage comes after cell phone footage was released last week".
"I do not have the answer for that today", Dyer told reporters in the central California city of 520,000 people.
Dylan's family and their attorneys have seen the video.
Dyer said the officers were responding to a call of a man with a rifle. 'We have an individual that did not have a firearm on his person or in his vehicle.
While prosecutors say they won't release the body cam footage until the investigation is complete, which can take two months, a witness to the shooting posted a video capturing the tail end of the shooting.
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