SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A second video has emerged that gives authorities a “very clear view” of a confrontation between deputies and a Texas man who had his hands raised before he was shot and killed, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood described the new video and one broadcast earlier as “disturbing,” but cautioned against a rush to judgment as authorities investigate the shooting that killed 41-year-old Gilbert Flores northwest of San Antonio.
An initial video recorded by a motorist from some distance was posted online by a San Antonio TV station. It shows Flores outside a residence Friday facing two deputies when he raises his hands — one arm obscured by a utility pole. The deputies fired multiple times.
Sheriff’s officials say Flores was armed, though didn’t specify with what, and that nonlethal efforts to subdue him, including a Taser, were unsuccessful. LaHood declined to say Tuesday whether Flores’ arm motion was surrender.
“I don’t know what his intent was,” he said. “All I can tell you is the video is disturbing. But my encouragement to everyone is to press the pause button.”
San Antonio attorney Thomas J. Henry, who is representing the family, said in an interview Tuesday that the initial video appears to show that deadly force was unnecessary but he is seeking more evidence.
“From a lay perspective, seeing the video, it does appear the immediate danger is gone because he had both hands in the air,” Henry said. “Now there are other videos and other pieces of evidence that we want to gather.” He said the family is considering filing a lawsuit to compel authorities to turn over more evidence.
Flores’ death is the country’s latest law enforcement shooting to draw heavy scrutiny for using deadly force in a situation where it may not have been necessary. Law enforcement officials in the U.S. have expressed concern that the deadly confrontations have spawned retaliatory shootings of officers, including last week’s death of a suburban Houston deputy at a gas station.
The second video was recorded by a witness closer to the incident, LaHood said, but he declined to provide further information about what it reveals or when authorities acquired it. An investigation is underway to determine whether the deputies will face criminal charges or whether the danger to them was imminent, LaHood said.
Deputies Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez, who were not equipped with body cameras at the time of the encounter, have been placed on administrative leave. Sanchez has worked more than 20 years with the sheriff’s office and Vasquez has been with the agency more than 10 years, according to records with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Both had received training in use of force and nonlethal devices.
Michelle Lee, a special agent for the FBI in San Antonio, confirmed Tuesday that “experienced civil rights investigators” are monitoring the investigation.
The deputies had responded to a domestic disturbance, authorities have said, and found a woman at the residence with a cut on her head and a baby who appeared to be injured. Sheriff’s officials have not indicated whether they believe Flores harmed the two.
Attempts to contact members of Flores’ family were unsuccessful Tuesday, but Henry said that Flores’ wife is devastated. The couple have a child who is just 21 days old, he said.
Bexar County court records show Flores was convicted in 2003 of aggravated robbery, and the San Antonio Express-News reports he also has a conviction for assault with a deadly weapon.
U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, who represents part of the San Antonio area, said in a statement that Friday’s shooting was “extremely disturbing.”
“This incident is further evidence that police officers and deputies should wear body cameras,” he said. “The widely supported technology brings transparency and accountability that protects law enforcement and civilians alike.”
Bexar County commissioners approved a county budget Tuesday that includes more than $630,000 to provide deputies with body cameras and also cameras for patrol vehicles.
Associated Press writer David Warren contributed to this report from Dallas.
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is upping the ante in the streaming-video competition with downloadable videos.
The e-commerce powerhouse will now let members of its $99 annual Prime loyalty program download some shows and movies on its streaming video service to watch offline, or when there is no Internet connection available, for free.
To watch the content users can download the Amazon Video app for iOS or Android.
Users will now be able to download shows like “Downton Abbey” and “The Good Wife,” HBO shows including “Girls” and “Veep” and movies including “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Shows will be downloadable to Apple and Android phones and tablets, including Amazon’s Fire devices — but not desktops or laptops.
Other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu offer streaming-content only.
“There’s no doubt that the way people watch entertainment is changing—anytime, anywhere viewing is important,” said Michael Paull, vice president of digital video at Amazon, which is based in Seattle.
The downloadable videos are available to prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Austria.
Netflix said it had no plans to follow suit. A company spokeswoman said that with internet speeds climbing and wireless connections available in more and more places, the ability to stream live wherever you are will increasingly dampen the need to download.
Amazon has been expanding services for Prime members, including its Prime Instant Video service, to attract more subscribers to the annual program.
Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell 2 percent to $501.78 amid a broad market sell-off.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Video obtained by a San Antonio TV station appears to show a man with his hands up fatally shot by deputies, an encounter that authorities say happened after the armed man resisted arrest and nonlethal weapons failed to bring him under control.
Gilbert Flores, 41, died shortly after the shooting Friday, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Monday.
Deputies Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez were responding to a domestic disturbance and found a woman with a cut on her head and a baby who appeared injured, according to the statement.
The deputies encountered Flores, who was armed, and attempted to arrest him, the sheriff’s department said. The statement didn’t say what type of weapon Flores had.
After Flores resisted, the deputies used nonlethal weapons in an attempt to detain him, but when “those efforts failed,” they shot him, according to the statement.
The video, taken by a bystander and obtained by KSAT-TV, appears to show Flores standing still with his arms raised just before two shots are heard. Flores drops to the ground. The video doesn’t include audio of deputies’ commands or Flores’ response, and the scene is partially obscured by police vehicles and passing cars.
Moments later, deputies drag and flip Flores onto his stomach. About a minute and a half later, an ambulance arrives.
The deputies, who had both been with the sheriff’s office for more than 10 years, have been placed on standard paid administrative leave. The sheriff’s department is investigating and has said the officers were not wearing body cameras.
“Certainly what’s in the video is a cause for concern, but it’s important to let the investigation go through its course so that we can assure a thorough and complete review of all that occurred,” Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said at a news conference Friday. But her office later criticized the release of the video as “unethical” and “sensational.”
“These deputies have not been charged with a crime and a family lost their loved one,” the office wrote in a Facebook post Monday.
The department didn’t respond to messages Monday seeking further comment on the video.
A woman at the residence where the shooting took place declined a reporter’s questions Monday, referring him to San Antonio attorney Thomas J. Henry, who did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Donald Trump is going after Republican presidential rival Jeb Bush with a new campaign video about immigration.
In the video, Bush is shown saying in a 2014 interview that illegal immigration is “not a felony” but rather an “act of love.” The video has pictures of three men who were in the country illegally and have been charged or convicted in killings.
The Trump campaign’s short video, posted on Instagram, concludes with block letters on a black screen saying: “Forget love. It’s time to get tough.”
In 2014, Bush said illegal immigration is a crime for which people should pay a price. But he said no one should be surprised that people cross the border to seek a better life for families they love.
Trump has made a strict stand on immigration the cornerstone of his insurgent campaign, while Bush has said repeatedly that a path to permanent legal status for immigrants in the country illegally could ignite the slow-recovering economy.
The Bush campaign responded to the latest slap from Trump by calling attention to the billionaire’s past political donations to Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, New York Sen. Charles Schumer and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, now the leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“While Donald Trump was still supporting liberal, soft-on-crime politicians, Jeb Bush accumulated an eight-year record of cracking down on violent criminals as governor of Florida,” Bush campaign spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said in a statement.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The global organization of parliamentarians said the speaker of the Russian Parliament’s upper house will address its world conference as scheduled Monday afternoon but by video link — not in person because the U.S. barred her from attending.
Valentina Matvienko, who leads the Federation Council, is under U.S. sanctions in connection with Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, which was denounced by much of the world and soured relations between Washington and Moscow.
The sanctions do not bar sanctioned Russian officials from U.N. events, but the Inter-Parliamentary Union only has observer status at the United Nations.
IPU President Saber Chowdhury told the opening of the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament Monday morning that the type of visa granted to Matvienko by U.S. authorities “did not allow her to participate in our meetings.”
Chowdhury said the IPU is disappointed and “strongly believes in and upholds the principle of dialogue, which regardless of differences is fundamental to democracy and international cooperation.”
“This has been a founding principle of this world organization of ours and it is as valid today as it has ever been,” he said. “We had indeed been looking forward to Ms. Matvienko’s presence.”
U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby wouldn’t discuss the case last week except to note that Matvienko is under sanctions and the U.S. abides by its U.N. responsibilities.
More than 120 speakers of parliament are attending the three-day conference, which takes place every five years.
This year, it is focusing on implementation of new U.N. development goals to be adopted at a summit of world leaders in late September to combat poverty and tackle climate change.
IPU spokeswoman Jemini Pandya said all parliament speakers were invited to the conference, but both John Boehner, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Mitch McConnell, the majority leader of the U.S. Senate, said they were unable to attend.
Here is a partial list of the winners of Sunday night’s 2015 MTV Music Video Awards in Los Angeles:
Video of the Year:
Male Video: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk.”
Female Video: Taylor Swift, “Blank Space.”
Pop Video: Taylor Swift, “Blank Space.”
Rock Video: Fall Out Boy, “Uma Thurman”
Hip-hop Video: Nicki Minaj, “Anaconda.”
Video With a Social Message: Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend, “One Man Can Change the World.”
Artist to Watch: Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen.”
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Kanye West.