A Houston police officer fatally shot a mentally-ill man in his home last November, with graphic video showing the incident, according to News 92 FM Houston.
The officer who fired the fatal bullets was cleared of any wrongdoing. Now, the family of Michael Blair has given the video to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, hoping for a federal investigation. Community activist Quanell X (pictured right of center) has joined the family in saying Blair never should’ve been shot.
In the video, the officers are first seen attempting to coax Blair out of the bathroom, where he had locked himself, prompting the 911 call. Blair suffered from schizophrenia and was suicidal, his mother claims. “Hey, if you don’t open the door, we’re gonna kick it in,” one officer warns outside the bathroom door. “We will kick in the door, and I don’t wanna do it.”
As they try reasoning with Blair, the officers also attempt to jimmy open the door’s lock. They soon become more frustrated.