- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - The Latest on the shooting of a black man by police in Houston (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

Houston’s police chief says the officers who shot a black man earlier this month followed department policy when they did not immediately activate their body cameras because they needed to first confront the danger the man posed.

Acting police Chief Martha Montalvo in a statement Thursday explained why body-cam footage of the July 9 shooting of 38-year-old Alva Braziel only begins in the moments after he was shot.

She says the officers viewed the threat to themselves “as immediate” and that they exited their patrol vehicle even before it was placed in park when they came upon an armed Braziel standing in the street.

Montalvo says the officers activated their cameras “once the threat was contained.”

Mayor Sylvester Turner says the footage was released to dispel claims on social media that Braziel was not armed at the time.


2:55 p.m.

Video footage Houston police have released that shows the shooting of a black man doesn’t clearly depict what the man was doing in the moments before he was fatally shot.

Some footage released Thursday is taken from a convenience store surveillance camera that shows 38-year-old Alva Braziel in the distance standing in the street. He falls to the ground 10 seconds after a police vehicle pulls up to him.

Other footage comes from the body cameras of the two officers who arrived at the scene on July 9. But the officer-activated cameras start recording in the moments after Braziel was shot.

Mayor Sylvester Turner and police say Braziel pointed the weapon at the officers, prompting them to fire in self-defense.

Turner says a friend of Braziel acknowledged to police at the scene that he was armed.

The patrolmen are heard telling responding officers that Braziel waved the weapon before pointing it at them.


1:30 p.m.

Houston officials have released video footage showing police officers shooting a black man who police said had been holding a gun while standing in a street.

Footage taken from the body camera of one of the officers shows them moving toward 38-year-old Alva Braziel after he was shot July 9. Blood stains the front of his white shirt as an officer removes a handgun from his right hand.

The body camera videos released by police begin after the shooting occurred, though nearby surveillance video captured the shooting.

Mayor Sylvester Turner said during a news conference Thursday that the footage was being released to dispel claims on social media that Braziel was unarmed.

Turner says he didn’t “want a single police officer shot at and hurt based on erroneous information.”

He says the deadly shootings of five officers in Dallas and three in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, have created tense relations and that releasing the footage was “in everyone’s best interest.”


11:30 a.m.

Houston’s mayor is set to release video footage from a police shooting in which officers killed a black man earlier this month.

Mayor Sylvester Turner says it’s part of an effort to preserve community safety in the wake of recent shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Turner and acting Houston Police Chief Martha Montalvo plan to release body camera footage and surveillance video during a Thursday news conference.

Turner says he’s making the video public to dispute claims on social media that 38-year-old Alva Braziel didn’t have a gun when he was fatally shot.

The mayor delayed the release by a day to give Braziel’s family a chance to see the footage first.

An attorney for Braziel’s family didn’t immediately return a call for comment Thursday.

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