Responding to the family and community members’ outraged reaction to the death of 18-year-old Amari Malone, a Texas police department released bodycam from an officer-involved shooting on Wednesday showing Malone was pointing a handgun at officers when he was fatally shot.
On Wednesday, Aug. 21, officers of Fort Worth Police, Texas, chased after the 18-year-old, who was a suspect in an Aug. 5 homicide on the west side of the city after he was “seen at the murder scene with a pistol.”
After being informed of Malone’s location, the officers were on the lookout for the suspect and potted him.
Fort Worth Police Sgt. Chris Daniels said officers stopped to try to talk to him, but Malone bolted, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Bodycam video from both officers showed how quickly the suspect took off when he was approached. As can be seen from the video, Malone twice turned and pointed a handgun at the officers chasing after him before they opened fire on him.
Malone’s family has already hired a civil rights attorney to represent them, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. They regarded the shooting as murder and required justice.
Malone’s older brother, Bonnell Juvi, said his little brother was “a young black kid getting his act together” who had become a father the week before he died. He believed that his sibling didn’t carry a gun and that he doesn’t believe that he would be involved in a murder, KTVT reported.
Juvi said police didn’t need to shoot Malone, KTVT reported.
There were four officers on the scene of the incident and all four have been placed on administrative leave as is a protocol for officer-involved shootings in Fort Worth, according to KTVT.
After the incident, there have been inflammatory social media posts that grew, accusing the officers of being the murder suspects but not Malone.
18 year old Amari Malone was murdered by a @fortworthpd cop. He was shot in his back as he ran away. Last week he celebrate the birth of his son. Media has already begun calling him a murder suspect. He’s not. He’s the victim. The murder suspect is the cop that shot him. pic.twitter.com/s2byHQtRWN
— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) August 22, 2019
As such, Chief Kraus released the bodycam footage less than 24 hours after the incident in an effort to calm people, which clearly showed Amari Malone running with a handgun and aiming it at officers.
— Andrew M. Greenstein (@KRLDAndrewG) August 22, 2019
“We wanted to release enough to dispel some of the misinformation out there and give accurate information of what the officers faced on the scene,” the chief told reporters at the press conference.