In 2016, a police officer shot Daniel Shaver in a hotel hallway in Mesa, Arizona. Shaver was unarmed.
DALLAS — The city of Mesa, Arizona, will pay $8 million to the widow and daughters of a North Texas man shot dead. Aso police officer 2016.
Granbury’s Daniel Shaver was unarmed when he was shot five times by police officers in a La Quinta Inn hallway on January 18, 2016.
Shaver’s widow, Rainie Sweet, said, “I feel like I’m coming out of six and a half years of war.
Sweet said the settlement secures the future of her daughters, who are now 13 and 10.
But she added that it also equates to “a certain amount of accountability and justice.”
Shaver was at the La Quinta Inn in Mesa when he was killed.
Police had been called to the hotel by guests who thought they had spotted a man with a rifle in the window.
In Shaver’s room was a pellet gun associated with the pest control business.
Shaver was intoxicated when police entered the hall and ordered him to kneel.
body camera video I caught him crying, “Don’t shoot me.”
As he reached for his waistband while crawling, he was shot five times.
A pellet gun was in his room.
Mesa Police Officer Philip Brailsford was charged with murder but was acquitted.
But Sweet said the Justice Department is conducting an active and public investigation.
“What we want to see is justice at the federal level where the Department of Justice releases federal charges,” she said.
Sweet was torn about the settlement because she wanted to see it until trial to get more evidence that could help in a federal lawsuit.
She also wanted to continue fighting for other victims of police brutality, she said.
But for the physical and mental health of her and her children, she said it was time to end this fight.
“This is the highest verdict for any deceased victim in Arizona and sets Arizona’s bar higher for future victims. It will continue to happen,” she said.
Sweet said she knew what she lost because her oldest daughter has memories of her father.
But their second daughter is not.
Court proceedings claim their lives, and Sweet doesn’t want it to be the only context they hear about their father.
So she works every day to humanize him.
“Danny was generous,” she said.
The three of them frequently perform random acts of kindness to honor Shaver’s life.
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