CNN has obtained a shocking video of Miami police officers shooting a man to death as he sat in his vehicle in the middle of a roadway. The man had been running from officers but came to a stop — and that’s when they surrounded his car and opened fire.
Based on precedent, the cops will face what sort of penalty? Maybe three weeks off with pay?
This is terrifying and deplorable, and is precisely why the public should be allowed to film the police in the course of their duties, because when any group believes they can and should operate in secret abuse and corruption are inevitable. Even if they are prosecuted and found guilty, these officers will only likely be brought to justice because there is video of them performing a blatantly illegal act, a video they seemingly tried very hard to destroy through threat of violence.
An eyewitness to a fatal police shooting in Miami Beach last week claims police officers attempted to confiscate the video he filmed of the incident, and even crushed his phone underfoot in an attempt to destroy the recording.
Narces Benoit says he just happened to be in the area driving with his girlfriend when police fatally shot an erratic driver earlyMemorial Day morning.
He said after the disturbance started, he pulled over his truck, and started recording with his cell phone camera capturing the shooting.
“When he noticed me recording, one of the officers jumped in the truck, put a pistol to my head,” he said. “My phone was smashed - he stepped on it, handcuffed me.”
Juan Sanchez a detective with Miami Beach Police Department said he could not comment on how officers that night handled eyewitnesses who may have filmed the incident, because the matter could become the subject of an internal investigation or a civil lawsuit.