A police dash cam video showing a Miami Gardens officer shoot and kill Lavall Hall, an unarmed African-American man suffering from a mental illness, was made public by Hall's family lawyers Wednesday.
“In the video, you’ll see Lavall runs away from the officers," Glen Goldberg, an attorney for the family, said at a news conference, according to ABC News. “The officers had made up their minds that they were going to kill Lavall before this incident took place."
On Feb. 15, Hall's mother, Catherine Daniels, called the police to help take her 25-year-old son, who was previously diagnosed with schizophrenia, to a mental health facility. In the video, Hall is shown running from an officer who orders him to get down on the "ground or you're dead."
The officer then fires gunshots several times at Hall.
“He was standing outside just holding the broomstick in his hand,” Daniels said at the news conference. “And I told him, ‘Baby, come back inside, it’s cold.'”
According to family lawyers, police knew they were responding to a call dealing with a person with a mental illness. It has been almost two months since the shooting and the family has not heard any updates on an investigation.
Hall's mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Miami Gardens, Peter Ehrlich and Eddo Trimino in March. Attorney Oscar Marrero told ABC the officers were faced with a "dangerous situation" and that "Hall struck them with a weapon and deadly force was used."
The Florida State Attorney Office and the Miami-Dade Attorney’s Office told ABC News they are conducting investigations into the case.
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