Unarmed Black Man Rumain Brisbon Killed After Cops Mistake Pill Bottle for Gun

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

According to Sgt. Trent Crump, a Phoenix police spokesman, this past Tuesday (Dec 2) evening, two officers were investigating a burglary complaint when a resident of a nearby apartment complex reported a drug deal inside 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 (but described to be a 30-year-old, seven-year veteran) officer then drew his service weapon and demanded that Brisbon get on the ground but the 34-year-old 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.