The family of Dylan Noble are filing a suit against the against the city of Fresno, California, after released bodycam footage shed light on the unfortunate death of the 19-year-old.
In June, Noble was pulled over by Fresno officers for a traffic stop and the situation quickly escalated when officers felt that Noble was not complying with their orders. From the start of the video, it’s clear that the officers instruct Noble to make both hands visible to them, yet he takes different actions.
While in the car, Noble made one hand visible, and then after a moment he exits the vehicle, with both hands up. Now, this is where things get a little unclear. At some point, Noble lowers one hand while pacing in front of the officers.
Although it appears that there is nothing in his hands, officers began to tell Noble, “If you walk forward you're going to get shot, man.” A few seconds later, Noble takes a few forward steps and is shot twice in the stomach.
When he falls to the ground, it appears both of his hands are empty and contain no weapons; however, Noble continued to move around. This prompted one officer to shoot him with a handgun and another officer to shoot him with a shotgun.
Noble was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died shortly after. Now that the footage has been released, the parents of Noble are speaking out. “I am outraged that police would shoot my son,” Dylan’s mother, Veronica Nelson, said. “And say it was his fault.”
Noble’s parents are not the only ones upset by this case. Local Confederates protested the shooting by waving banners that read, “White Lives Matter.”
This case will undoubtedly be an interesting addition to the many instances of police brutality. And now that it’s occurring in white communities, maybe some will stop doubting the use of excessive, deadly, force by police.
The video of the shooting and the parents' press conference can be seen below.
(Photo: Fresno Police Department via AP)