The Bryan (Texas) Police Department released body camera video Wednesday, showing what Officer Steven Laughlin saw when he shot an unarmed man on February 13th.
Officer Laughlin was called to Mallard Drive for a disturbance. The video shows Calvin Baker shielding the right side of his body. Officer Laughlin then asks him to show his right hand and Baker refuses. Police said the refusal led the officer to believe that Baker had a weapon.
“That’s all I want to do is see your right hand man,” said Laughlin in the video.
“Are you ready?” Baker replied.
“Stop saying that man, all I want to do is talk to you man,” said Laughlin. Baker repeatedly asked Laughlin if he was ready.
“All I want to do is talk to you,” said Laughlin.
Baker reaches his pocket Laughlin took cover behind his patrol car, which led the officer to this last plea for cooperation.
“I ain’t dropping nothing,” said Baker.
“Don’t make me do this.” said Laughlin. Bryan police say that Baker removed the black object he had in his pocket. Laughlin fired five shots hitting Baker. He was taken to a local hospital where he recovered.
Why is the article headline states that suspect was armed? When in the body text suspect is described as unarmed. Was he armed or not? This is the second article , on this site, that has disparate incongruity.