Caught On Camera: Texas Man Surrenders, Hands In The Air–Cops Shoot And Kill Him (VIDEO)

Deputies in Bexar County, Texas are helping to prove that while you’re 22 times less likely to be shot and killed by police if you’re white, it isn’t completely unheard of. A video, taken by local college student Michael Thomas, shows a shirtless man engaged with police appear to put his hands up in surrender when two shots ring out.

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau was quick to defend her deputies, who are on the obligatory paid vacation a cop always gets when they kill someone:

“Certainly what’s in the video is a cause for concern, but it’s important to let the investigation go through its course so that we can assure a thorough and complete review of all that occurred. What’s important is to not rush to judgment on any part of this. Wait until we have all the facts and evidence in order to make a complete assessment.”

She said that the deputies were responding to a domestic abuse call when they found an injured woman and child. She alleges that the deputies tried to use tazers and non-lethal force, but the man persisted, which is when they fired their weapons.

Thomas tells a different version:

“I was watching and wondering, what was going on, but I couldn’t figure it out. I was like, with the things going on in the world, like different type of shootings with cops and different things like that, so I was like, ‘Well, maybe I can catch something with my camera.’

He kind of just put his hands in the air. After he put his hands in the air, they shot him.”

Even in Texas, that’s called “murder.”

Giving the deputies the benefit of the doubt, there is an ongoing investigation. The district attorney’s office is reportedly involved.

As stated earlier, it’s uncommon to come across the killing of a white man by police who wasn’t trying to get killed, (suicide by cop), but it does happen. No matter the color of this man’s skin, he deserves the protections of our justice system, not a summary execution at the hands of cops in the field. Was he a heinous jerk who beat women? Maybe he was, maybe he wasn’t. It sounds like he was. Does that give cops the right to issue a death sentence and carry it out while his hands are in the air?

Absolutely not. There is reportedly a second video that investigators are looking at; hopefully it can shed some light on this situation. Hopefully, for these two ten-year veterans of the force, there was some kind of justification for their actions.

This video, however, appears to show more of the same: police killing civilians when they clearly didn’t have to.

UPDATE: KSAT San Antonio has released unedited footage of the shooting. You can view it HERE.

Feature image via video screen capture