When Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers shot and killed Jorge Gomez after a Black Lives Matter protest last June, the department said the 25-year-old had pointed an assault rifle toward them and that the officers feared for their lives.
But surveillance footage of the moments just before the fatal shooting, obtained by the Gomez family’s attorney and shared with VICE News, shows that Gomez tripped and fell while running away from police and doesn’t appear to have his legally owned weapon in his hands at the time of the shooting.
He was shot moments after he stood up, according to the new video.
“Jorge had been practicing his constitutional rights,” attorney Rodolfo Gonzalez said during a press conference Friday morning. “He was walking these streets, right where we’re standing, protesting police brutality, protesting the wrongful killing of George Floyd. He took part in the BLM demonstration with guns on his person and a ballistic vest, all in compliance with Nevada’s open carry laws.”
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