A black man with his arms raised in the air was shot by cops with ottoman cartridges and then shot twice more while lying on the floor.
He fell in Mesa, Arizona. Lorenzo Jones quarreled with his girlfriend and sister, while 5 children watched nearby.
The video begins when the SWAT team gives commands to Jones. Jones was supposed to appear in court earlier today, but was unable to appear, so an arrest warrant was issued. Jones tried to tell the cops that he did show up at the courthouse.
The cops ordered Jones to surrender, and when he raised his hands, one of the cops pulled a bean bag that hit Jones squarely, as he fell to the ground in pain.
As Jones lay on the ground, SWAT fired two more shots, hitting him twice.
The Mesa Police Department is investigating, but there are signs that the police chief believes the force was justified. Chief Ken cost says: “They [the cops] felt that he was armed and dangerous. “The thing is… Jones was shot when he had his hands up and when he was lying on the ground.
The chief added, “Less lethal tools are just that, less lethal, and have been developed to prevent violent action, protect the public, save the lives of suspects and officers.”
They threw the book at Jones, arresting him for aggravated assault on an officer, 3 counts of aggravated assault on a minor, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, assault causing bodily harm.