Warning: Graphic Footage Ahead
Fresno police released an “extremely disturbing” video of cops fatally shooting an unarmed teenager who refused to follow repeated commands and hold his hands up.
After Dylan Noble was fatally shot on June 25, Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer planned on releasing the body cam video last Friday — but decided to postpone it after the multiple police shootings last week.
Dyer released the recording on Wednesday, hoping it would help clarify the incident and explain why police opened fire on the 19-year-old.
During a press conference, Dyer said:
“I anticipate that some of this video will answer many of the questions out there in this community. However, I believe this video is also going to raise questions in the minds of people, just as those questions exist in my mind as well.”
The chief said he prays this video won’t cause violence in a time where “tensions are high,” but felt it was necessary after the shooting sparked multiple protests in front of the Fresno County Jail by over a hundred demonstrators.
In the footage, we see a police officer stepping out of his car and pointing a weapon at a truck, repeatedly ordering Noble to show his hands. Though the teen leaves the vehicle, he refuses to comply with any of the officers’ commands to drop to the ground or show his hands.
Noble can be heard saying that he hates his life before he walks towards the officers and reaches behind his back with his right hand — for what officers believed could be a weapon.
As Noble moves forward, one officer fires at him twice. Two more shots were fired after Noble was on the ground, still appearing to be reaching for an object — which turned out to be a small plastic box.
The graphic video was shown last week to Noble’s family. His mother is seeking damages from the city for the death of her son.
Did the young adult provoke the police officers into shooting him? Watch the NSFW video (below) and decide for yourself.
[Image via Fresno Police Department.]