Yet another video of law enforcement gunning down an African-American man as he was running away has surfaced.
Just one week after a Forth Worth, Texas police officer was filmed manhandling a Black mother and her teenage daughter after the woman called for help when a neighbor choked her 7-year-old son, video footage of another Forth Worth officer opening fire on resident David Collie has surfaced.
According to NBCDFW, the footage was connected to an incident that occurred earlier this year, in which an off-duty officer was pursuing Collie under the belief that he was a suspect while responding to a call about a local gas station robbery in July. Police reports claim one of the men involved with the robbery used a silver handgun to rob a person they’d met up with at the gas station.
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Officers say they encountered Collie while driving through a nearby apartment complex in search of the suspects and claim he refused their orders to put his hands up. The officers allege that Collie then pulled out a silver box cutter and aimed it at the deputy sheriff, prompting him to open fire, striking Collie in the torso. The released video footage provides a conflicting account of what happened, as officers are seen approaching Collie as he continues to walk away and then abruptly gunning him down.
Collie was hospitalized for 61 days and is now paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the shooting. He was charged with aggravated assault on a public servant, but a grand jury later dismissed the case against him.
Collie’s attorney Nate Washington says he believes the case was dismissed because the video proves Collie did not have a weapon in his hands at the time he was shot. Washington also said both of the videos publicized in the last week illustrate ongoing issues between the local community and the Forth Worth Police Department.
Neither Collie nor his family have filed any charges against the city as of yet, although Washington says it is an option.