Cop Charged After Body Cam Shows Him Shoot Unarmed Family and Lie About It

Jack Burns | The Free Thought Project

Oviedo, FL — Newly released body camera footage shows the moments leading up to and after a police-involved shooting in Florida. On September 1st, 2016, Oviedo Police Officer Matthew Danler, 37, discharged his service weapon at least six times into a Chrysler 300 occupied by Jason Scott and his wife, an African American couple. Police

Police were responding to a 911 call around 6 am, and according to the footage, approached the Scott’s vehicle, at which time the vehicle quickly sped away. Danler appeared to waste no time in firing his weapon into the car, later radioing dispatch that the driver attempted to run him over with his car.

The shooting happened after someone called 911, asking that police be sent to the home of Scott’s wife and children.

The caller did not explain before hanging up.

“The vehicle attempted to hit me,” he told the dispatcher as he “approached” the vehicle. Unless the police department releases an unredacted video, we may never know just how many shots Danler fired into the vehicle as he attempted to end the lives of its occupants.

After further investigation into the shooting, the FL State Attorney’s office decided to charge Officer Danler with two counts of aggravated battery and one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle.

The police reported to the news that only six shots were fired into the vehicle, but video footage from news crews on the scene during the September investigation reveal nine bullets may have been fired into the vehicle where the Scotts, two unarmed African Americans, were seated attempting to flee the scene.

And get away they did, but not without injuries. Jason Scott was shot three times, in the arm and the stomach, and his wife Beatrice was injured by flying glass.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, “Scott fled, drove about 13 miles, then left his car near the State Road 408 and State Road 417 interchange and walked two more blocks to see a friend.

The friend called paramedics, and Scott was brought to ORMC.”

He was later arrested and sent to jail. “Jason Scott was charged with fleeing and eluding. On Dec. 14, he pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 100 days in jail, time he had already served,” writes the Sentinel.

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