Another black man shot by police. More BLM members claiming he was unarmed but the body cams tell the truth. Alva Braziel did indeed have a gun in his hand. On the same day Braziel was killed, a Houston cop was shot, although not killed. Mayor Sylvester Turner said that he released the video in hopes that no other officer would be shot because of a false narrative.
The footage shows the shooting death of Alva Braziel, 38, who was killed by police in a confrontation outside a gas station on July 9.
Turner said the release would prove wrong claims on social media that Braziel was unarmed at the time of his death.
Surveillance video from the gas station near the shooting scene circulated on social media, with some people suggesting the footage shows Braziel had his hands up before he was shot and wasn’t armed.
‘I don’t want another police officer being shot at or killed based on that false narrative, not in this city,’ Turner said.
Davis Haines, an attorney for Braziel’s family, didn’t immediately return a call Thursday for comment.
Community activists and civil rights groups had called on the city to release all video footage from the shooting, and many of the groups have been critical of the Houston Police Department’s history of deeming nearly every police shooting justified in the past 11 years.
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