Despite national and international outcry against the recent police killings of two Black men in the United States, another Black man was shot dead by Houston police Saturday night in a killing that was caught on camera that shows the man with his arms up, surrendering to police officers.
Alva Braziel was shot 10 times by the police near a gas station in what the police say was a justified shooting because the man had a firearm and was pointing it at them.
However, surveillance video, reportedly taken from the nearby gas station and circulated on social media showed Braziel standing in the street as he raised his arms above his head being shot within seconds of the police arriving.
According to police spokeswoman Jodi Silva, Braziel was pointing a firearm at the sky, reported Newsweek.
However, the time frame of the video does not seem to match the police’s claim, as their arrival and the subsequent fatal shooting takes less than 10 seconds. Braziel, who did not fire any shots, died at the scene of the shooting.
The news comes just days after the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile which refocused national and international attention on police brutality in the U.S. and unleashed fresh protests and unrest in several U.S. cities. The killings of the two men were captured on video which also showed that they had not posed any threat to police officers.
Notwithstanding the worldwide attention, police departments around the country have yet to put an end to their extrajudicial killings of Black people, who are being targeted by police at much higher rates than whites.
The unrest in the U.S. also prompted at least three countries – the Bahamas, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain – to issued travel warnings to their citizens visiting the U.S. asking them to avoid police and to stay away from large events.