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Arizona police release body-cam footage of cop killing Navajo woman

July 29, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Arizona police release body-cam footage of cop killing Navajo woman

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Law enforcement officials in Arizona published body camera footage of a Navajo woman attacking an officer with scissors before he shot her five times and killed her back in March.

27-year-old According to 12News.com, Loreal Tsingine is observed in the video approaching Winslow Officer, Austin Shipley, who said to another cop after the gunfire, “I did what I had to do.”

On Wednesday, the city of Winslow made the video public, just days after the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said that Officer Shipley’s actions were justified.

The officer was dispatched after reports emerged of a possible shoplifting on March 27th when he fired the deadly shots at Tsingine on the sidewalk.

In the 30-second body cam footage, Shipley is visibly working to restrain Tsingine, and she falls. Tsingine proceeds to gets up, and the video displays her advancing toward Shipley with a pair of medical scissors in her left hand.

Tsingine shouts at Shipley as he raises his gun and fires the shots.

The Department of Public Safety in Arizona ruled that Tsingine ignored Shipley’s order to get on the ground and release the scissors.

Officer Shipley is currently on paid administrative leave while the police department continues to investigate the incident.

After the altercation, the cop was asked if he is doing OK, to which he responded, “I did what I had to do.”

Tsingine had a lengthy arrest record, including an occurrence last year when she allegedly tried to grab a police officer’s gun.

Her family members filed a $10.5 million wrongful-death claim against Winslow, maintaining that the police officer infringed on Tsingine’s civil rights and that the city was neglectful in “hiring, training, retaining, controlling and supervising” the cop.

The claim is an antecedent to a suit and seeks $2 million for the victim’s husband and an additional $8.5 million for her 8-year-old daughter.

The family’s lawyer, Robert Pastor, said in a statement: “Our position remains that even though (Shipley) may not be held criminally liable, it was careless for the city of Winslow to give him a gun and a badge.”

Demonstrators in Phoenix protested on Monday against the decision to not file charges against the cop, and another protest in Winslow is scheduled for Friday.

Council speaker, LoRenzo Bates, said after charges were not filed: “We demand U.S. Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, to conduct a federal investigation into the wrong and shameful acts of Officer Shipley. The Navajo Nation will not rest until the federal government investigates.”

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