Black Veteran Killed by TX Cops Was in Mental Distress, No Need for Guns Says Lee Merritt
Damian daniels, the African-American military vet killed by cops in Texas, was in desperate need of psychological counseling, not sheriff’s assistants responding forcefully … according to the family’s attorney.
Civil rights lawyer Lee merritt and Damian’s brother, Brendan, joined us on “TMZ Live” to discuss the case that is sparking outrage in the San Antonio area and beyond. Brendan says his family was doing everything they could to keep the police from checking on Damian – a combat veteran who was experiencing some mental distress.
He told us why they deliberately called the Red Cross, not the cops, to do a welfare check on his brother a little over a week ago – but in the end he says that the Red Cross ended up calling the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department. Brendan and Lee think this is where things took a horrible turn.
When MPs arrived at Damian’s home, he was armed and a fight ensued with MPs who ended up shooting him. The Sheriff’s Department claims Damian was suicidal, but Lee and Brendan say that’s just not true.
They know Damian was in pain, struggling with mental challenges brought on by several recent deaths in their family – but they don’t believe for a second that he was threatening anyone. As for his weapon … Texas is an open port state and the weapon was legally owned. Brendan says his brother actually got it while serving America in the military.
Lee says what is particularly disturbing are the body camera footage of the incident. He says the cops refused to release the video and instead only released a few stills … making the family suspicious.
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