An unarmed black man who was shot dead by a Texas police officer last Thursday had been walking towards the cop with his pants down when the officer fired the lethal shot, according to video of the shooting released by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.
In the clip, taken from Deputy Cameron Brewer’s dashboard camera, 34-year-old Danny Ray Thomas can be seen walking in the middle of a Houston road with his pants around his ankles.
Brewer had stopped his car at an intersection after noticing a skirmish between Thomas and another man, who is seen in the video shoving Thomas.
Brewer, who is black, stepped out of the vehicle and can be heard repeatedly shouting, “Get down, man! Get down on the ground,” as Thomas approached him. A single gunshot then rings out offscreen before Brewer appears at the bottom edge of the video, apparently attempting to perform CPR on the wounded man.
Thomas, who was unarmed, was transported to a local hospital and later pronounced dead.
Family members told the Chronicle that Thomas had suffered from depression. His two young children, they said, had died in 2016 after allegedly being drowned by their mother, who has been charged with murder and is awaiting trial. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/danny-ray-thomas-police-shooting-texas-unarmed_us_5abb37b8e4b06409775b30b3