WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Surveillance footage reveals a white ex-firefighter shooting a black teen with a shotgun.
- The video refuted Zeigler’s claim that he was just defending himself and that the gun went off accidentally.
- Brennan Walker’s mother and others voiced their outrage over the incident.
A surveillance footage revealing a white ex-firefighter shooting a black teenager was revealed this week by the police in Detroit, Michigan. The video footage was played in court by the Oakland Country Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, the second day of trial.
Jeffrey Zeigler, a 53-year-old ex-firefighter, was seen in a video footage captured by his own home security system on April 2 shooting at a black teen with his shotgun. Authorities have charged Zeigler with attempted murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
According to investigators, the teen identified as Brennan Walker, 14, was walking on his way to school by his lonesome after he missed the bus. Said high school freshman was lost and knocking on the doors of houses to ask for directions to the school, the cops added.
Walker told CNN affiliate WDIV that he was trying to explain [to Zeigler] that he wanted to get directions to go to his school. Zeigler refuted the claim, stating that he was just defending himself and told police that Walker was attempting to break into his house. Zeigler also added that he tripped outside leading to the shotgun he was holding to accidentally go off.
However, the surveillance footage proved otherwise. Detective Shawn Pace explained in court of his shock upon seeing the video and that he was offended by what he had seen. Pace further added that Zeigler’s behavior during his interrogation did not sit well with him either. Pace testified that during interrogation, Zeigler took a big drink of water and declared that he was tired of being a victim.
Walker’s mother, together with social media users and the NAACP, voiced their outrage regarding the incident. She also shared with WDIV that it definitely was a hate crime.
The trial for Zeigler’s shooting incident is still continuing and scheduled to resume on Friday.
Source: New York Post