posted at 18:00
Author: Patrick Kulp
Unarmed black man fatally shot by Phoenix police officer
An unarmed black man was shot and killed by a Phoenix police officer, who said he mistook the man's pill bottle for a gun. The incident is the latest in a string of police killings involving unarmed black males across the country that have sparked nationwide protests and led to heightened scrutiny of law enforcement agencies. Rumain Brisbon, 34, was parked in a black Cadillac SUV outside of a convenience store on Tuesday evening when police confronted him following two witness reports that he was selling drugs, according to a statement from the Phoenix Police Department. Police said Brisbon had exited the vehicle and removed an item from the backseat, and when the officer, who is white, told him to put his hands up, Brisbon reportedly reached for his waistband, which led the officer to draw his gun. According the statement, police later found that the item the officer grabbed was actually a vial of Oxycodone tablets. Brisbon's death comes amidst a week of nationwide controversy over police violence that many say is racially charged. Last week, protests and rioting broke out in cities across the United States after it was announced that a grand jury would not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing 18-year-old Michael Brown. On Thursday, the federal Justice Department released a report that claimed the Cleveland Police Department showed a pattern of excessive force.

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