Tempe police video of Sean Beakings before drowning in Tempe Town Lake
police footage shows Sean Beakings as he entered Tempe Town Lake and later pleaded for help before he went under the water and did not surface.
Tempe Police Department
Tempe released edited body camera footage from officers who shows man drowning in The lake of the city of Tempe, which the officers looked at and did not step in to help.
The victim was identified as Sean Beakings, 34. According to the transcript of footage provided by cityBeakings told Tempe police he was drowning and pleaded with officers for help when they stood next to him and told him that they did not “jump in after you.” This part of footage was not included in edited video released by The Arizona Republic.
Since release of cadres, Tempe Officers Association, police union for The department described the drowning as a “human tragedy” but said the officers were not trained in water rescue and did not have equipment to perform water saves without putting the officer on risk.
Bikings was an insecure member of Tempe community, city said in published statement on Friday.
Three officers who reacted to the incident currently on undisciplinary administrative paid leave.
During the day of drowning, police released a statement that the man ran and jumped over fence and into Lake Tempe, just East of pedestrian bridge. According to this report, the officers kept in touch with man and tried to lead him to the bridge, but the man “refused to cooperate” with rescue efforts.
Local activists opposed story, saying that the officers stood and watched Beakings drown. The footage was published on Monday in The Republic.
Body camera footage shows employees reply to messages of verbal everyday confrontation on May 28 at about 5 am in the center of Tempe for Arts is located at 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway.
Video shows the officers talk separately to Beakings and the woman who introduced herself as the wife of Beakings.
The woman told the officers that she and Beakings were engaged. in discussion, but that he did not use physical violence.
An original A statement from the Tempe Police Department indicated that Bikings jumped into the lake. in attempt to evade police after officials conducted background checks and found three outstanding orders.
Police initially said that Beekings ran and jumped. over fence and into the city lake Tempe, just East of pedestrian bridge.
body camera footage shows Bikings going over fence and enters the lake as he tells the police “I’m going for swim I’m free, right?”
Tempe did not release complete bodycam footage because of his “sensitive nature,” the video says. Transcript of the rest of Video breaks are shown off when Beekings starts telling the police that he is going to drown.
Beekings told the police, “I’m going to drown. I’ll drown.” According to the transcript, the officer replied, “No, no.”
The police ordered Beakings to swim to the pylon and hold on. on to this, to which Beekings replied that he could not do it.
“I don’t jump in after you,” the officer said.
original Police said in a statement that police “immediately” began rescue efforts as soon as police received on boat and summoned units with Tempe Fire Medical and Rescue Service.
original The Tempe Police Department said in a statement that Bikings “refused to cooperate.” with rescue efforts.
Transcript says Beakings then began pleading with the police. for help.
“Please help to me. Please, please, please,” Beekings told the police. – I can’t touch. Oh my God. Please help to me. Help me.”
According to the transcript, the person is identified in document as a witness tried jump into the lake to help Bikings.
“Please stop being so aggressive,” the witness said. “Oh my God, is he all right? Stop, why are you doing this?
Beakings didn’t show up again. The Tempe Fire and Rescue Team found him. body and pronounced it dead just until 11:30, near Tempe Center for art.
Jamar Williams, activist with Black Lives Matter Metro Phoenix said there was “no doubt” that the incident was related to police violence by Tempe officers.
According to Williams, Bickings was commonly known among the Tempe as Madrox. community.
“Whole reason Madrocks was scared because of threat, it was police violence,” Williams said. – The police don’t really need to use this violence to cause that reaction, which is fear, panic and self-preservation.
Williams said in video and transcript of police being “indifferent” to Beekings’ situation as he pleaded for help.
“This is absolutely state violence and police violence,” Williams said.
AT city In a statement, city manager Andrew Ching and police chief Jeff Glover called Beakings. death tragedy. Officials contacted the department of Public Safety and Scottsdale Police are looking into the Tempe police response to the drowning.
The Tempe Officers’ Association said its members expressed their condolences to those close to Beakings.
union noted that Tempe officers lack equipment to perform the water saves safely without risking dragging or pushing the officer underwater. Instead of this protocol this is call in fire department or get a Tempe police boat on the scene that union claims that the officers did it.
union also said communication between Beekings and the officers involved remained cordial and that he could leave at any time. union also promised work for new solutions in how officials act when facing saves water.
“Moving forward we will work for turn in how City and TPD move closer to potential water accidents in Lake City Tempe, including the organization of training and equipment changes” union said in written statement. “We will work with city and community to ensure that such an incident never happens again.”
Tempe City Council will host regular meeting on Thursday, June 9 at 18:00
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