Newly released cellphone video appears to show Los Angeles police officers fatally shooting a 23-year-old man as he lay handcuffed on the ground in Long Beach, Calif., in 2014.
The graphic video shows the alleged shooting of Noel Aguilar by two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies — identified as Albert Murad and Jose Ruiz – on May 26, 2014, according to a report from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
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The video released Friday as part of a lawsuit against the sheriff’s department, shows the officers struggling with Aguilar on the ground, trying to handcuff him. An attorney representing the family told local media the video was “evidence of an execution.”
“We believe the video is clear evidence of an execution, a murder,” Guizar said told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. “We want the public to see it.”
According to the report from the Los Angeles D.A.’s office Aguilar was riding his bicycle in Long Beach, California, on the morning of May 26, 2014, when he peddled past a sheriff’s department squad car. As the deputies attempted to conduct a stop of Aguilar he fled on foot into an apartment complex.
In the cellphone video, one of the officers allegedly yells, “You f—;ing move, I’m gonna kill you, b—;h.” Murad is then allegedly seen hitting Aguilar several times with what appears to be a baton or flashlight.
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As the two officers struggle with Aguilar a shot is heard and Murad cries out that he has been shot.
“I’ve been shot, I’ve been shot,” Murad yells out.
Sheriff’s officials have stated Aguilar reached for one of the deputies’ guns.
Aguilar repeatedly states he does not have a gun and he didn’t shoot anyone.
“Come on, man, why you pulling a gun on me?” Aguilar can be heard asking.
Aguilar was allegedly shot three times in the back. Murad then screams in pain again, and yells at the person filming the video for the nearest address.
Ruiz can be seen on top of Aguilar until other deputies and medical personnel arrive.
The department’s Internal Affairs Bureau has completed its investigation into the shooting and its findings will be presented to the Executive Force Review Committee in January which will decide if the incident breached any laws or police policies, the Press-Telegram reported.