Texas police recently released bodycam footage that shows a rookie officer recklessly shooting his gun at a dog that was running at him. Instead of shooting the rushing dog, the officer, who is just one month out of the police academy, shot and killing a homeless woman who was nearby.
The Arlington Police Department announce that the officer involved in the shooting was “a 25-year-old Asian American”. They didn’t mentioned the race of civilian who was killed, however in the bodycam video the officer refers to the woman as a “Black female”. Margarita Victoria Brooks, was a 30-year-old homeless woman who was killed during the shooting.
Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson told reporters on Friday that the unidentified officer responded to a call on Thursday about “an unresponsive female passed out in a grassy area behind a commercial business.” When the cop saw Brooks from a distance, he called out to her: “Hello. Are you OK?”
After she said she was “fine,” a dog appears in front of the officer about 20 feet from him.
“Is that your dog?” the cop asked before the dog started to run toward the officer a split second later, prompting him to yell “Get back!” before quickly firing off three shots. Brooks could be heard yelling, “Oh, my God!” after she was shot in the abdomen while the dog was only grazed, according to the Associated Press.
Watch the Arlington bodycam video below: