Officer Adam Tavss shot and killed two alleged crime suspects in South Beach, Miami, in two seperate cases over four days last month. In both cases shootings were justified with the claim that suspects were armed, though in neither case were weapons actually found on the victims . Now audio clips are surfacing which show police knew Husien Shehada, one of the victims, was unarmed.
Carlos Miller at NBC Miami reports
n the moments after a Miami Beach police officer shot and killed his
unarmed brother last month, Samer Shehada's cell phone inexplicably
began recording a series of audio clips.
The first one is the most chilling, revealing
Samer's blood-curdling pleas for his brother as police try to place him
His brother, Husien, was laying motionless on the sidewalk after having been shot at least twice by Officer Adam Tavss - who shot and killed another man four days later.
"Please make him move ... Husien! Husien!"
"That's my brother!"
"Why did you all shoot him?"
Sirens are wailing as police tell Samer to "get in the car! ... get your ass in the car! .... Get the f*ck back!"
another clip, after Samer has been placed in the back of a squad car, a
conversation, apparently between two officers, can be heard.
"You sure it was the same dude?"
"We didn't find anything."
Then Samer says, "We ain't got nothing on us, man. We was just walking the street, man."
attorney for the Shehada family, says this clip proves that police were
lying when they said the brothers were carrying a wooden coat hanger
and a green beer bottle to give the impression that they were packing
weapons. Or at least lying when they said Husien was carrying something.
Just over a week ago, police released a second video that
shows one of the Shehada brothers apparently had something under his
shirt as well as audio clips of the 911 calls of people reporting a man
with a machine gun. It appears to have been a coat hanger. Contini
acknowledges it was Samer.
says the audio recordings on Samer's cell phone were a freak accident
because there was no way Shehada could have purposely reached into his
pocket to begin recording in the madness that ensued, which can be
clearly heard on the audio.
sent a total of 26 audio clips, each about 90 seconds. Samer can be
heard crying, praying and pleading in several of the clips, but the
most telling are the clips posted on the left side, which were
apparently recorded at 4:17 a.m. and 4:27 a.m.
Shehada brothers came down from Virginia with their girlfriends on
vacation. Husien was killed after a day of shopping and visiting sites
and a night of clubbing.
Contini is also representing the family of the second man shot by police four days later, Lawrence McCoy, who was killed after he had allegedly carjacked a taxi.
initially said McCoy was killed after he opened fire on police, but
police now say there was no gun on him after the shooting. They also
say they recovered a gun in the waters off the MacArthur Causeway,
which is where he was killed.
Contini said McCoy was shot nine times with the autopsy showing mostly defensive wounds.
was shot in the back, in the forearms, in the armpits, in the face,"
Contini said. "Those are all defensive wounds as if someone is cowering
in a defensive position."
Thanks to Eraser Girl