Phoenix Police Officer Kills Unarmed Black Man

Just a day before an NYC grand jury decided against charging Daniel Pantaleo in the murder of Eric Garner, a Phoenix police officer has shot and killed Rumain Brisbon.

According to Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump, two officers were investigating a burglary complaint Tuesday evening (Dec. 2) when a resident of a nearby apartment complex reported a drug deal inside of a parked Cadillac SUV.

The officers were going to the SUV to ask questions when they observed the driver, 34-year-old Rumain Brisbon, get out of the car and appear to be removing something from the rear of the vehicle. He was allegedly ordered to show his hands, but according to the police, Brisbon put his hands into his waistband, and verbally challenged the cop, witnesses said.

The unidentified officer, described as a “30-year-old, seven-year veteran” then drew his service weapon and demanded that Brisbon get on the ground but Brisbon instead took flight to a nearby apartment. His actions prompted a short foot chase and when the officer caught up with Brisbon, a struggled ensued.