Dash and body camera footage from the high-speed chase that ended with the shooting death of a teenager last Friday has been made public by Mesquite police. On August 11, shortly after 8:45 p.m., a Mesquite police officer tried to conduct a traffic stop on Scyene Road.
According to police, a chase started when the driver—later revealed to be a 16-year-old male—failed to stop. The young suspect continued to crash into cars and stop signs before coming to a stop in a yard in the 1700 block of Carnation Drive. He was approaching 100 miles per hour.
After the suspect allegedly got out of the car, the officer allegedly gave him verbal instructions, which he “failed to comply” with before he reached back inside the car. Then the cop started shooting, striking the suspect. According to the police, the officer gave him nine orders to stop before firing.
After being brought to a nearby hospital, the suspect was declared dead. A loaded revolver was found on the floorboard of the vehicle he was operating, according to the police. film of the high-speed chase and gunshot that killed the 16-year-old is released by Mesquite police.
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The troubling aspect of the video, according to criminologist Timothy Bray, is “just how quickly things can get out of control.”
According to him, an officer must objectively determine that they are facing a threat of immediate harm before using deadly force. “Throughout this pursuit, the cop has been analyzing the facts and conditions using his calculus. That, I’m sure, improved the assessment.
According to Bray, the suspect’s risky behavior during the pursuit could have justified the use of lethal force even in the absence of a gun being discovered.
In his words, “those red flags are really piling up when you add all of that to the failure to obey commands and the erratic behavior at the end.” Although he hasn’t been named yet, the involved officer has been with the police for 14 years. The films are but one aspect of the investigation, according to a department spokesman.