Footage showing Dallas cops shooting a mentally ill man has been released by the victim’s family.
Two cops shot 39-year-old Jason Harrison on June 14, 2014, after responding to a call that Harrison was off his medication.
The video shows Harrison’s mother opening the door for the officers, informing them that her son is “bipolar and schizo” as he emerges in the doorway carrying a small screwdriver in his hand.
The cops immediately raise their guns, demanding Harrison drop the tool and within seconds fire several shots, killing him.
Harrison's family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and the two officers in October, alleging he was no threat to the officers due to the size of the screwdriver.
The Dallas District Attorney’s office is currently investigating the case, which has not been heard by a grand jury yet.
The video of Harrison’s shooting emerged just a week after police in DeKalb County, Georgia, fatally shot a naked and unarmed African-American, identified as Anthony Hill, near an apartment complex on March 9 after a 911 caller reported that a man was acting “deranged, knocking on doors and crawling around on the ground, naked.”
It was later revealed that Hill, who was also a veteran of Iraq, battled with bipolar disorder.
Three days earlier, on March 6, police fatally shot a 19-year-old unarmed biracial teenager, identified as Tony Robinson, in Madison, Wisconsin.
According to the police dispatch recording, Robinson was "outside yelling and jumping in front of cars" and “hit one of his friends,” which motivated Officer Matt Kenny to shoot.
During investigation of the incident, court documents revealed that Robinson had been diagnosed with ADHD and depression and experienced a "chaotic" environment.
Last year, the shooting deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, sparked nationwide protests and debate about racism. Many hoped for changes and improvements in the law enforcement structure of the country.
However, judging by the latest streak of shootings of unarmed or apparently unarmed mentally ill people, it looks like things are getting even worse.