The Oakland Police Department released bodycam footage of a fatal 2015 police-involved shooting of a black man who had passed out in the front seat of his car.
Demouria Hogg was killed on June 6, 2015 after officer Nicole Rhodes fired two shots into his vehicle, hitting him in the chest and pelvic area. Rhodes, who had graduated from the academy six months prior, said she shot Hogg when she saw him reach for a gun resting on the front passenger seat.
The morning of the shooting, the Oakland Fire Department alerted police to a black male who appeared to be unconscious behind the wheel of a gray BMW 520i in California’s Grand Lake neighborhood. The engine was running and what appeared to be a firearm was on the front passenger seat, according to the East Bay Express.
The body-camera footage of Oakland officer Nicole Rhodes was released earlier this week, three years after the fatal police-involved shooting
Rhodes was providing lethal cover in front of the vehicle when she fired two shots into the car hitting 30-year-old Demouria Hogg
At the same Rhodes fired her weapon, another cop used his stun gun on Hogg, who police claim had reached towards a gun on the passenger seat
Officers had to break the driver’s side window to get Hogg out of the car
Responding officers tried for nearly an hour to wake Hogg but he remained unconscious, according to the police department.
Two tactical teams were then deployed to remove Hogg from the vehicle, while two Oakland officers were told to provide lethal cover.
Rhodes’ body-camera video picks up as she and other officers approach the vehicle. Rhodes, who was providing lethal cover, has her gun drawn. A male officer is heard yelling for Hogg to put his hands up.
It’s not clear from the video if Hogg had woken up and it’s hard to tell if he is moving inside the car.
Rhodes positions herself near the front of the car with her gun pointed at the windshield. As an officer breaks the driver’s side window, Rhodes yell for Hogg not to move.
‘Hey, don’t move,’ she yells. ‘Don’t move!’
The cops then pulled Hogg through the broken window onto the ground as they continued to yell for him not to move
Hogg was hit in the chest and pelvic area and later died from his injuries at the hospital
Rhodes, who had graduated from the police academy six months prior to the shooting, was cleared in February 2016
Rhodes then fires two shots into the car, as another cop hits Hogg with his stun gun. Several officers reach through the broken window and pull the man out as they continue to yell for him not to move.
Once Hogg is out of the car and on the ground, Rhodes walks away breathing heavily. Another Oakland officer asks the rookie cop if she’s OK.
‘Yeah, I’m good,’ she says, telling the officer she fired two rounds to Hogg’s chest. An autopsy would later determine that the 30-year-old was shot once in the chest and once in his pelvic area.
Rhodes is also heard in the video asking if she can turn her body-camera off.
Police were called to the area after a report of a black male who appeared to be unconscious in his car with a gun on the passenger seat
Hogg died from his injuries at the hospital. Rhodes told the district attorney following the shooting that she saw Hogg reach behind the passenger seat with his right hand as she yelled for him not to move.
She said she fired two shots into the car after she saw him reach forward. According to the district attorney, Rhodes said she thought her safety as well as the safety of her colleagues was in danger.
The DA said a .45 caliber semiautomatic Glock was recovered from the scene. The gun had an extended magazine loaded with 19 to 20 rounds and one live round in the chamber.
An autopsy also revealed that Hogg had a nontoxic combination of opioid pain medications in his system.
The shooting sparked protests across Oakland. The incident was investigated and Rhodes was cleared in February 2016.
One witness told the DA that police did everything they could, and said Hogg was not ‘cooperating with the police department at all’, according to ABC News. The witness also said a man was standing outside Hogg’s vehicle before police arrived ‘looking panicky’.