Bystanders plead with unarmed black man to ‘lay down’ after Houston police repeatedly shoot him
Houston police shot a man who was acting “suspiciously” after the car he was travelling in was pulled over last night, Click2Houston reports.
According to police, Mike Walker was the passenger in a car pulled over for making an illegal lane change. When officers approached the vehicle, “he had his hand under the seat, like he was reaching for something, and ignoring the verbal commands repeatedly,” Houston Police Department spokesman Victor Senties said.
At that point, an officer opened fire on the car, reportedly striking Walker twice.
Walker then tried to exit the vehicle, Senties said. “They saw the doors open up, one of the officers gave repeated verbal commands to stay inside the vehicle, then the officer went to brace the door to keep [Walker] inside.” But Walker managed to get “out of the vehicle [and] he was digging into his pockets and waist band.”
Cell phone video of the encounter shows Walker exiting the car and stripping off his shirt.
Laquesha Spencer told Local 2 that she was yelling at Walker, “‘Lay down, they are going to shoot you. They are going to kill you.’ And I guess he was in shock, he had already been shot three times, because I heard multiple gunshots.”
As Walker was stripping down, the partner of the officer who first shot him opened fire, striking him again. Police then charged and handcuffed Walker, who was taken to the hospital where he is listed in serious, but stable, condition.
Walker’s sister, Laura, said she believes the police used excessive force and is already pursuing legal action. “He didn’t even have a gun,” she said, “he’s never owned a weapon.”
Watch a report on the shooting via Click2Houston below.