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Vigil planned for Emilio Chamizo, shot dead by Phoenix police

Months after a man was fatally shot by Phoenix police, his family is still waiting for justice. Saturday marks three months since his death and alongside a vigil in his honor, family and community organizers are holding Phoenix police to account.

On February 7, 30-year-old Emilio Chamizo was shot by an officer near 28th Avenue and Coronado Road.

“We’re just trying to get answers on everything,” Sophia Lopez, Chamizo’s sister-in-law, told The Arizona Republic. “We have had no communication with the Phoenix Police Department since the detective told us our brother died. We demand these videos, the actual footage.”

According to Lopez, police have not released unredacted body-worn camera footage, the autopsy report, or the police report of the incident to Chamizo’s family.

Along with the dismissal of the policeman who shot and killed Chamizo, his family is also asking the police to release “all tapes, recordings, anything that has not been edited or redacted”, she said.

sergeant. Philip Krynsky of the Phoenix Police Department said he could not release any information until the investigation was complete. In a statement released in February, police said the officer involved had been placed on administrative leave while an internal investigation was underway.

Filming of February 7

In a critical incident briefing released Feb. 22, Krynsky said officers were called to the scene after receiving a 911 call about a stabbing.

According to Krynsky, at least three officers arrived at the scene. One of the police officers ordered Chamizo to drop a knife and a pair of scissors he was holding. When he refused to drop either, he was shot.

Redacted body camera footage was released on February 22.

Redacted footage shows an officer driving his patrol car while closing in as Chamizo turned and started walking towards him with what police say was a knife in one hand and a pair of scissors in the other.

Footage shows the officer ordering Chamizo to remove his hands from his pockets before shooting Chamizo six times from inside his patrol car. Chamizo can be seen hobbling for a few yards and, just before he collapses, another officer orders him to drop the knife and throw it away from him.

The officer repeats the orders for just under a minute before approaching and handcuffing Chamizo after finding him unresponsive. Krynsky said officers provided medical assistance until Phoenix firefighters arrived.

Chamizo was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“Nobody deserves to die like this,” Lopez said. “We are human. We are not animals. The officer who killed him didn’t even park his car before firing his gun.”

A vigil to “honor Emilio, demand transparency”

Poder in Action, a local civil rights organization, is helping the family organize Saturday’s vigil, which is to take place near the same intersection where Chamizo was shot, at the corner of 28th Avenue and Coronado Road, according to a press release from the organization.

The vigil, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., is a way for the community to “honor Emilio, demand transparency and continue the fight for justice,” the statement said.

“Emilio was a deeply missed son, brother, uncle and member of the community,” the statement said. “Like the families that came before them, the Chamizo family is still waiting for the truth about what happened to their loved one.”

Lopez said their family received no response or support from the family advocacy group set up by the Phoenix Police Department as a way to be a “barrier between civilians and police.”

Krynsky did not respond to questions specific to the case, saying only that an internal investigation is underway.

“If they’re not going to help or protect us, then we don’t need police like that,” said Brooks Murillo, Chamizo’s older brother. “We don’t want someone like that patrolling our streets saying they’re going to protect us when they only come out to shoot us. We don’t want that and that’s what we hope to change. .”

Republic reporter Perry Vandell contributed to this article.

Contact breaking news reporter Haleigh Kochanski at [email protected] or on Twitter @HaleighKochans.

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