Newly released body camera footage of a US cop killing an unarmed man pleading with officers not to shoot him has triggered outrage on social media against persisting police brutality after the officer was cleared by a jury of murder and manslaughter charges.
The video clip clearly demonstrates the victim, 26-year-old Daniel Shaver, trying desperately to follow police directions after being ordered to get on the ground along with his wife amid officers shouting contradictory directions and threatening to shoot him if he does not follow orders.
“This, to me, is the most horrific shooting I’ve ever seen,” said Mark Geragos, a lawyer for the widow and the 5- and 8-year-old daughters of Shaver in an interview with The New York Times on Saturday.
Geragos, who said he had watched thousands of body camera videos, further insisted that the footage was evidence of “the criminal justice system at its worst.”
Six police officers were…