Police in Arizona have released new, unedited body camera video of an officer fatally shooting 17-year-old Anthony Cano twice in the back after he reached for a gun he dropped while attempting to flee.
Cano was shot in early January in Chandler and died from his injuries in the hospital three weeks later.
The five-minute video came a little more than a week after Cano’s friends and family gathered in front of City Hall calling for increased transparency into the officer-involved shooting, The Arizona Republic reported.
The Chandler Police Department in Arizona has released unedited body camera video from the January 2 shooting of 17-year-old Anthony Cano
The department previously released a narrated three-minute edited video in January, along with photos of Cano holding his gun and the gun itself, which had an extended magazine, KTVK-TV reported.
The encounter began on January 2 at around 9.20pm when Officer Chase Bebak-Miller noticed Cano riding a bicycle without a front headlight near Gazelle Meadows Park, police said. Bebak-Miller activated his lights and sirens after Cano began weaving into both lanes of traffic.
The newly released video shows Cano later abandoning the bicycle and running toward the park. Bebak-Miller chases after Cano on foot and shouts at him to stop seconds before seeing Cano drop a gun and reach to pick it up.
Bebak-Miller shouts, ‘Weapon drawn! Get on the ground!’ less than a second before shooting Cano once in the back at close range, causing Cano to collapse.
A second later the officer fired again while Cano was lying face down on the ground.
The video then shows Bebak-Miller telling Cano to put his hands behind his back, to which Cano replies, ‘I’m sorry, sir. I can’t’ before eventually managing to slowly move his hands behind his back.
Cano tells police he does not want to die, and also says he cannot feel his legs
This screenshot from Bebak-Miller’s body camera video shows officers coming to Cano’s aid while he is still handcuffed
‘Hey, I want to help you, OK?’ Bebak-Miller said.
As other officers arrive at the scene, Cano then pleads for officers to ‘hurry.’
Cano can be heard saying, ‘I don’t want to die,’ as officers cuff his hands. Authorities then administer first aid to one of the bullet wounds as Cano explains he was trying to throw the gun away, and at one point said he couldn’t feel his legs. Bebak-Miller turns off his body camera shortly after.
Cano was taken to a hospital where he died on January 23, authorities said.
Bebak-Miller, who has been with the department for five years, has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting, which is standard procedure.
The Chandler Police Department completed its investigation and submitted the case to the Maricopa County attorney’s office for review. Once that is complete, the police department’s Use of Force Review Board will look at the case before submitting it to a citizens review panel.
Cano’s mother, Renee Clum, questioned last week why her son was stopped in the first place, The Arizona Republic reported.
‘He was scared, coming home. He wasn’t doing anything wrong other than riding a bike without a light,’ she said.
Cano’s mother, Renee Clum, questioned last week why her son was stopped in the first place
In a Facebook post on February 26, Clum described her son as a ‘bright and shining star’ trying to figure out his purpose in life, who attended Bible study and was excited to take college courses.
‘On January 2, 2021, Chandler PD did not take a bad guy off the streets, Galveston neighborhood was not made safer by the removal of a criminal, he was not a gangbanger, he didnt [sic] even have NOT one tattoo,’ she wrote.
Clum continued: ‘A parent should never have to lose a child, and never at the hands of police, who are supposed to protect us and help us.’