In June 2014, Jason Harrison was shot down by police after authorities were contacted by his mother, who told them that her son was making “violent threats.”
The 28-year-old suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and was holding a screwdriver in which he refused to put down after police orders.
Today, the family has released the graphic video of the shooting by Dallas officers, where Harrison was fatally shot 5 times. They obtained the footage from the police department as evidence during their federal civil rights lawsuit that was filed in October.
According to Dallas News, the family believes that excessive force was used by the police, and hope this video “should spark reforms for policies and training on how police interact with the mentally ill.”
Jason Harrison’s older brother, Sean, told the site:
“This is a perfect video for the Dallas Police Department to use in training as an example of what not to do,” said older brother Sean Harrison. “You don’t yell at them — that only agitates them.”
In the video, his mother can also be heard describing Harrison’s mental state to the officers, stating, “He’s just off the chain,” she is heard telling the officers. “Bipolar schizo.”
The site reports:
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 may a ruling on that issue and instead forwarded the file to the Dallas County district attorney’s office, said police spokesman Lt. Jose Garcia.
You can watch the graphic video of Jason Harrison’s fatal shooting above. We are keeping his family in our prayers during this tough time.
SOURCE: Dallas News | VIDEO CREDIT: NDN