Video casts doubts on police-involved shooting

Posted at 5:33 PM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 17:33:10-05
Baltimore City police say they thought a man later identified as Shaun Mouzon had a gun so when he jumped in his car, they followed him and caught up with him on Edmondson Avenue.

Mouzon's attorney A. Dwight Pettit has waited for more than a year to actually see what happened next.

"I saw three police officers emerge and move up towards the Mouzon vehicle from the side and one in the rear,” Pettit said, “I saw then the muzzle flashes from the officers' weapons and then I saw the car begin to drift."

Police later claimed Mouzon had reached down around the console of the car as if going for a weapon and tried to run the officers over with the vehicle.

Pettit says the video suggests the car was stopped at a light and never moved until after officers had opened fire.

A later search of the car cast doubt over the premise for stopping him in the first place.

"No weapon is found yet they charge him with possession of a handgun on the probable cause statement, which is under oath,” Pettit said, “They charge him in the investigatory papers to the state's attorney and to the police department that he has a gun."

The charges were ultimately dropped, but Mouzon filed a lawsuit against the department after the officers were cleared.

While the city has spent millions of dollars in recent years to settle police brutality cases and just settled with Freddy Gray's family for $6.4 million more, Pettit says those are the exception, and he's shared a number of unsettled cases with those now conducting a federal probe of the department.

"I can go on and on and on where the city has obstructed... has fought to the last witness... to the courthouse steps, and I don't know why this administration has in fact joined the police department and the FOP step in step to cover up these case,” Pettit said, “but what has happened in Baltimore, in my opinion, is just as serious as what's taken place in Chicago. It's a very tragic situation."

From the time the first officer jumped out of his car until the final officer had fired his weapon was apparently just 14 seconds.

Pettit says his client's medical bills, therapy and rehabilitation cost him more than half-a-million dollars, not to mention almost costing him his life.

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