Charlotte, North Carolina Police Kill Latino Man With Hands Up

Newly-released police body cam video shows officers in Charlotte, North Carolina shooting and killing Rueben Galindo while he had his hands up in a surrendering position on Sept. 6.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department claims that Galindo called 911, told an operator that he was armed with a gun, but only gave vague answers as to why he was armed.

Officers Courtney Suggs and David Guerra arrived on the scene, told Galindo to drop his gun and then fatally shot him.

Creative Loafing notes: “It appears from the footage that Galindo was holding a gun and had both hands in the air when the shots were fired.”

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney told WSOC in September that Galindo only raised one hand even though Galindo had both hands up:

At some point, one of his hands is raised. They see a weapon, a gun, a handgun. They perceive a lethal threat that’s imminent and at least two officers that we know of at this time fired their weapons.

WSOC noted that both officers were placed on leave.

(Sources: WSOC, Creative Loafing)

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