Dallas police released body cam footage of officers shooting and killing a mentally ill man holding a screwdriver, even though the man was only leaning against a doorway, not even wielding it in a threatening manner.
But the cops were in fear for their lives anyway, which is why they opened fire, killing Jason Harrison, a 38-year-old man whom only seconds earlier, his mother had told police he is “bi-polar and schizo” in the hopes they would have a better understanding of the situation.
But cops kill mentally ill citizens on almost a daily basis, many times after responding to a call of a suicidal person, fulfilling that person’s wish by killing them dead on the spot.
After all, mental illness is no excuse to not to understand that it’s either “comply or die” these days when dealing with cops.
That’s why it’s best not to call the cops if a family member with mental illness is having an episode. Cops are only trained to hurt, not help.
According to the Dallas Morning News:
That day, Harrison’s mother called 911 to ask the police for help bringing her son, who was bipolar and schizophrenic, to Parkland Hospital. He was in a crisis because he was off his medication, his family said.
In the 911 call, Harrison’s mother described her son’s mental disorders, and those details were relayed to the officers by dispatchers, Henley said. The video shows Harrison’s mother walking calmly out of the house in the 200 block of Glencairn Drive seconds prior to the shooting.
“He’s just off the chain,” she is heard telling the officers. “Bipolar schizo.”
The family’s lawsuit claims Harrison did not pose a threat, in part because the screwdriver he held was a small one used for computers. He had never been violent before, Sean Harrison said.
Police officials have previously said the body camera video backs up the officers’ accounts of self-defense, showing a fast-unfolding event in a tightly confined space. They were protecting themselves, police said.
Dallas police said Monday the department has completed its internal investigation into whether the officers broke any laws. The department did not make a ruling on that issue and instead forwarded the file to the Dallas County district attorney’s office, said police spokesman Lt. Jose Garcia.
Internal investigators are still reviewing the case to see if the officers violated any policies, Garcia said.
The two officers, John Rogers and Andrew Hutchins, are back on full duty and the case is awaiting review by a grand jury. Both officers had been on the force for more than five years at the time of the shooting.
The incident took place June 14, 2014, but was released today by the family attorney. The family’s attorney contends they should have used pepper spray or a Taser, but those are apparently no match for a screwdriver used to work on computers.