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Edited video released of controversial arrest by Phoenix police

The video offers extra data from the October 27 arrest of a person who police say had shot at officers’ patrol cruiser.

PHOENIX — Phoenix police released edited surveillance and physique digital camera video on Thursday of the moments main as much as an incident that resulted in two officers being positioned on administrative go away by the division final month.

Witness video captured the 2 officers on October 27 with their weapons drawn, head-stomping and hitting 38-year-old Harry Denman with their weapons whereas he was on the bottom as they tried to handcuff him after he allegedly fired at their patrol automotive. The officer’s actions had been criticized as extreme pressure.

The newly released video confirmed what the division mentioned occurred minutes earlier than that witness started recording.

The video confirmed the 2 officers on surveillance digital camera strolling out of a QuickTrip close to 59th Avenue and Buckeye Road. Once exterior, one other digital camera confirmed Denman method the officers and speak to them as they made their solution to their cruiser.

The surveillance digital camera doesn’t have audio, however the division mentioned the officers instructed Denman they couldn’t stroll as a result of they had been leaving to answer a service name.

As the patrol automotive begins to again out of the parking space, Denman is seen pulling out a handgun. As he’s doing so, a shot goes off into the bottom. A flash might be seen within the video released by police.

Denman then factors the handgun on the officers contained in the patrol automotive and fires another shot. The division mentioned that one bullet struck the patrol automotive’s highlight and went into the motive force’s aspect A-pillar.

Documents obtained by 12News declare a witness instructed investigators Denman fired the photographs to attempt to get the officers’ consideration for assist.

The video confirmed Denman working into the occupied retailer, nonetheless holding the firearm. He walks behind the counter. Officers are then seen dashing into the shop with their weapons drawn and order Denman to get on the bottom.

Surveillance video from inside the shop confirmed Denman along with his palms up, not holding any firearm. He then is seen getting on his knees, nonetheless along with his palms within the air.

The division mentioned the officers then took Denman into custody.

What the physique digital camera video exhibits

After Denman fired on the officers and ran inside the shop, they adopted him inside. The second officer that enters the shop instantly turned on his body-worn digital camera.

His video confirmed the suspect on his knees along with his palms up as officers method him with their weapons drawn.

This video has audio. The following is heard:

Note: Officer 1 is holding the lengthy gun. Officer 2 is holding the handgun.

OFFICER 1: “Don’t [expletive] move”

SUSPECT: “I won’t move, I won’t move”

OFFICER 1: “Get on the [expletive] ground”

OFFICER 2: “Get on the ground”

The suspect complies and might be seen getting on the bottom inside seconds.

OFFICER 1: Kicks suspect with left foot “Get on the [expletive] ground. Don’t [expletive] move”

OFFICER 1: Puts left leg on suspect’s again “where’s the gun at?”

OFFICER 2: “Let me see your [expletive] hands” as he’s reaching for the suspect’s left hand

OFFICER 1: hits suspect within the again under his neck with a gun “where’s the [expletive] gun?”

OFFICER 2: hit’s suspect within the again of his head with a handgun

The officers are seen handcuffing Denman.

OFFICER 2: “What the [expletive] is your problem?”

The video released on Thursday by the division then cuts to the physique digital camera from the second officer, who’s pointing his lengthy gun at Denman’s again and is heard saying, “I’m gonna blow you’re [expletive] head off.”

The officer then sees the gun on the counter and asks an worker, “is that where he left it? Or did you guys put it there?” to which the worker responds, “No, he came in. I didn’t know what he was talking about.”

Denman and the officer are then heard speaking:

SUSPECT: “I don’t want no problem with you guys”

OFFICER 1: “[Expletive] you dude, don’t [expletive] shoot at us”

SUSPECT: “Sorry, I was trying to shoot over you”

OFFICER 1: “No, what the [expletive] is that dude?”

Use of extreme pressure?

Harry Denman was arrested and booked on a number of costs, together with aggravated assault, prison injury, and resisting arrest.

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In the arrest report, officers mentioned they “had to use physical force in response to [Denman’s] resistance and the possibility that he was still armed.”

But a grand jury indicted him solely on two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of discharging a firearm.

Following the incident, interim police Chief Michael Sullivan mentioned, “what’s depicted within the video just isn’t how we practice and isn’t aligned with the core values of the Phoenix Police Department.”

In a press release, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association President Darrell Kriplean mentioned the video released by Phoenix police “provides important context about the dangerous crime committed by the suspect.”

“This is not an easy job, especially when police officers are the target,” the assertion learn. “We are grateful to the men and women of the Phoenix Police Department who continued to respond to increased crime within the city with fewer resources during a time when attacks on officers are on the rise.”

The division is within the center of conducting an inside and prison investigation into the officer’s actions. The division mentioned one of them has been a Phoenix officer for six years and the opposite for lower than one year.

Denman has a prison historical past. 12News obtained paperwork that reveal in 2007, he used a faux $50 invoice at Fiesta Mall. When an off-duty safety officer tried to cease him, Denman pulled out a gun and pointed it on the officer. He plead responsible to 2 costs of aggravated assault.

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