Fresno, CA — Disturbing body cam footage was made public this week showing Fresno police execute unarmed Dylan Noble. The only thing this 19-year-old boy did wrong was get stopped by cops who have been trained to kill.
The video shows cops shoot Noble for the sole reason of not being able to see both of his hands.
Dylan Noble, according to those who knew him, loved everyone, wanted to make people laugh, and thoroughly enjoyed life — until Fresno Police abruptly ended everything in an as-yet unexplained shooting on June 25.
“We lost a very unique and beautiful soul,” a friend posted following Dylan’s untimely death at the hands of police, according to the Daily Beast. “He was never a man who believed in a day without laughter … He made everyone feel like family … He’s made his mark on this earth by always making people filled with laughter and joy.”
According to police, officers had been summoned to the area on reports of a man carrying a rifle, possibly driving a pickup truck. Dylan — who by all accounts appeared to have been caught in the wrong place at the worst possible time — had been driving his ‘jacked up’ pickup, doing donuts in a dusty field in the same area.
Police spotted Dylan’s truck and attempted to pull him over, though the young man drove several blocks to a Chevron station — something his friends surmised he did either initially unaware of the cops behind him, or to find an ideal location to provide identification since the elevation of his truck would have made a traffic stop on the street an awkward affair.
Shortly after pulling over, Dylan became yet another needless victim of police violence.
Fresno Police Deputy Pat Farmer attempted to justify the shooting to reporters in a press conference Saturday evening.
“The subject was told to show his hands,” Farmer stated, distancing police from the shooting death in typical fashion by refusing to use his name in discussing the incident. “The solo occupant of the pickup truck would show the officers one hand at a time and kept one hand hidden during the contact.
“The subject made a statement that he hated his life and made affirmative movement to the small of his back at which time he was shot several times by officers at the scene.”
While the body cameras confirm that Dylan Noble did not show both of his hands, the immediate escalation to deadly force was entirely unwarranted. At no time did Dylan present a weapon, point anything in the direction of the officers, or make any sudden movements to justify being filled with bullet holes.
Even after the teen was down on the ground, the officer fired two more times. Dylan Noble did not die because he was a criminal — he died because cops’ lives, the public is led to believe, are worth far more than the commoner.
Even if Noble was in a low spot in his life, he did not seek out the police. They stopped him. Police were supposedly looking for a man carrying a rifle, and it was their mistake that led to Noble’s death.
Below is a graphic example of how deadly a police officer’s fear can be.
This is why governments are banning the public from access to these videos.
WARNING: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC AND DISTURBING