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Police Once Again Mistake Cell Phone for Gun – But This Time, They Open Fire

 

Las Vegas police responded to a call of a suicidal man who pulled out a cell phone and pointed it at them, perhaps to record them, prompting an officer to shoot at him.

The officer missed but the man fell to the ground anyway where police arrested him.

“The individual reached into his pocket, he pulled out a dark object, pointed it at the sergeant in a manner like he would be firing a pistol,” explained Deputy Chief Al Salinas of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in the above video.

The incident took place Sunday at 2 p.m., so darkness of the night did not contribute to the officer seeing the cell phone as a “dark object.”

The man, who has not been identified, will most likely be charged with assault with a deadly weapon as well as battery with a deadly weapon because prior to the shooting, he had been throwing landscaping rocks at the officers, according to Salinas.

There have been at  least five incidents this year where police have ordered citizens to put away their cell phones as they were recording because, they claimed, they could be guns disguised as phones.

But this is the first time an officer actually opened fire.

 

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Carlos Miller is founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, which began as a one-man blog in 2007 to document his trial after he was arrested for photographing police during a journalistic assignment. He is also the author of The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which can be purchased through Amazon.