WATCH: Phoenix Cops Shoot Man in Car as Witnesses Record, Sparking Protests

Carlos Miller

Police say the man was armed. The man's friends say he was not.

A weekend video showing Phoenix police surrounding a car in front of a home and opening fire at the man sitting in the driver's seat has sparked protests and accusations that police are lying about the circumstances behind the shooting.

Phoenix police say they were responding to a 911 call Saturday about a man threatening another man with a knife. When they arrived at the location, the caller pointed to a home and told police the suspect was there.

After walking to the house, they discovered a man sitting inside a car in the front yard so they began talking to him. At one point, police say they ordered him out of the car which was when he produced a gun and pointed it at one of the officers which was when he was shot.

However, friends say the man whom they identify as James "Jay" Garcia was not only unarmed but was asleep when confronted by police. The video is recorded from across the street and does not show the man in the car. The camera, in fact, is pointed downwards when the shots ring out.

However, Phoenix City Councilman Carlos Garcia (no relation) has taken to Facebook to accuse police of creating a false narrative.

It does not shock us that despite all the scrutiny from community Phoenix PD continues to respond violently to calls. But, we must all continue to ask for transparency and accountability.

The department also issued a premature statement leaving out facts about the case. We cannot allow for dishonest narratives to be built by violent departments. We will continue to call for independent investigations into officer involved shootings.

Below is the full statement from Phoenix police:

On July 4, 2020, shortly before 1pm, a 911 caller asked for police assistance in the area of 5600 W. Glenrosa Ave. He said a man had tried to kill him a week prior and reported that the person responsible had returned with a knife and was threatening to harm him again.

Phoenix Police officers responded and made contact with the victim who pointed out a specific home where he said the stabbing suspect was currently located.

Officers requested additional backup and approached the home when they noticed an adult man sitting in a car parked in the driveway. Officers began talking with the man explaining they were investigating an aggravated assault.

As the conversation continued, officers instructed the man to get out of the vehicle. At this point, he refused, instead rolling up his window and arming himself with a handgun. Officers instructed the man to drop the handgun. He did not drop the gun but began to lift it. One officer saw the gun pointed at a fellow officer and broke the passenger window trying to distract the suspect. Two other officers fired their weapons into the vehicle at the man.

Officers removed him from the vehicle and Phoenix Fire personnel transported him to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

There were no injuries to the officers or other civilians.

Activists have demanded body camera footage which might shed some light on the truth but Phoenix police has made no mention of when, and if, they plan to release the footage. Police have not said if he was the same man suspected of threatening the man with a knife.

UPDATE: Phoenix police released the following body cam footage showing a cop taking a gun out of the man's car in the moments after the shooting. Police say they won't release the rest of the footage because it could compromise the investigation.

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Brenbmw
Brenbmw

SOOOO SO TRUE. POLICE DOING THE RIGHT THING SHOULD NOT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH YOUR COMMENT. THIS WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE IF ALL COPS DID THE RIGHT THING AND NOT HAVE A PROBLEM WEARING A CAMERA . IF THEY DO THEN THEY ARE IN THE WRONG LINE OF WORK. AS YOU MENTION THEY WORK FOR US THE PEOPLE (WHO PAY THEIR SALARY) .

supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

based on the video it would appear that the victim is left handed. the way i see it, the gun was dropped into the victims lap before one of the criminals ran up to get the gun on camera. looking at the statement points to another lie! he couldn't have pointed a gun at anyone (if he even had one it would have to be in his right hand) before passenger window was broke out!

BECKWERKS
BECKWERKS

How could the release of any and all video and being 100% transparent and honest hinder any investigation?

As I see it the only way releasing video and being 100% transparent could hurt anything in an investigation is if somebody is lying and trying to cover things up!

I think that we the people who are the taxpayers who pay for 100% of all police and everything they have including the cameras should demand that they always provide 100% of all video at all times. I think while on duty, they should all ALL REQUIRED to have cameras on and we should be able to see every bit of what's on those cameras IMMEDIATELY! . I think the new laws should be made such that any officer who does not have their camera on during their entire shift, is immediately fired and permenantly no longer allowed to be a cop in America. There are many jobs that require 100% following of the rules and that failing to do so, gets the failure fired immediately and license to do the job revoked so that the failure cannot just go be a failure at some other place. Those jobs often arent even jobs such that it's possible for people to be getting killed like a cops job has as one of its possible risks. People are having their lives taken by cops ALL over this country currently and entreated as if it's no big deal if I get the traffic ticket or something.

That is crazy people's lives are being ended and all the people that are connected with them their lives being affected does let cops run around shooting everybody like it's nothing. We ALL NEED TO STOP ALL THE BULLSHIT AND GET SHIT REAL AND TO THE BASICS. WE PAY FOR ALL OF IT, THEREFORE IT'S OURS ALWAYS AND OURS TO DECIDE WHAT TO DO WITH. THE PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER EVER BE BLOCKED FROM ANYTHING WE ARE PAYING FOR, THATS ASS NINE! THE ONLY THINGS THAT'S POSSIBLY AT RISK FROM 100% TOTAL TRUTH AND TRANSPARENCY IS LIES AND CORRUPTION! IT REALLY IS THAT SIMPLE! COPS ARE DEADLY AND THAT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN LIGHTLY! THEY MUST BE HELD TO A VERY HIGH LEVEL OF HONESTY, PRIFICIANT USE OF GUNS, MENTAL AND PERSONALITY CHECKS N OBSERVATIONS ALWAYS WITH SOME SERIOUS BACK GROUND CHECKS. WE CANNOT ALLOW THE FAILURES WE KEEP SEEING HAPPENING FROM COPS. NOT WHEN THEY ARE TAKING PEOPLES LIVES LIkE THEY ARE... KISS method..

RabbleRouser
RabbleRouser

So the municipal terrorists assassinated a guy in his own driveway. Absolute denial of any kind of Due Process of LAW. And of course the city attorney will start quoting all kinds of statutes and ordinances and police procedures, none of which are LAW. None of which are consistent with the constitution these costumed terrorists swore and oath to uphold and preserve. And none of which abrogate anyone's inherent, natural rights.
The city councilmen have a duty to provide for the safety of their community. The municipal terrorism dept is obviously a rampant threat to the safety of all the people of that city. They should disband the entire department immediately. They are as responsible as the police for this murder and all that follow.


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