Lavall Hall Shooting
Lavall Hall, a 25-year-old mentally ill man, was killed in February in Miami Gardens when his mother called police to take him to a mental health facility.
Wearing only underwear and holding a broomstick, police took Hall’s life while they shouted “Get down or you’re f**** dead!”
Attorneys for the family of a man shot and killed by police in Miami Gardens earlier this year released 19 minutes of dash-cam video today that they say indicates the man was being pursued by police and told to get on the ground before he was shot by police.
Lavall Hall, 25, was shot on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 15, after his mother, Catherine Daniels, reportedly called police for what she said was her son’s mental issues.
She has said her son had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and she hoped police would take him to a mental health facility, according to Fusion.
His lawyers said Hall was holding a broomstick and dressed only in his underpants.
“In the video, you’ll see Lavall runs away from the officers,” an attorney for the family Glen Goldberg said at a news conference today before screening the video in which the actual killing is never seen. “The officers had made up their minds that they were going to kill Lavall before this incident took place.”
One of the family’s attorneys said: “The police officers were advised that they were dealing with someone with mental issues,” adding that the police used “excessive force” after Hall ran away from them and an officer appears in the video to instruct Hall to “get down or you’re dead.”
Daniels, Hall’s mother, said at the news conference, “I never thought they [were] going to kill my child, murder my child,” adding she was “devastated” when she first saw the video.
As the video played at the news conference, one of the attorneys for the family said Daniels can be heard telling police before the shooting, “Please don’t hurt my child, please.”
A spokesman for Florida State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle told ABC News that the investigation is ongoing and they have concerns the video may endanger the investigation into the incident, but the office could not stop the family from releasing the video.
Why do police immediately go for their guns when they have tasers on their hips????
The disregard for black life is so appalling it’s almost too much to bear.