PHOENIX – Several protesters re-enacted last week's officer-involved shooting of an unarmed man.
They depicted how officers responded to a domestic violence call and scuffled with suspect Danny Rodriguez. Police tased him twice before one officer opened fire as the victim tried to ride away on his bike.
The crowd called the assault charges the officer is facing a slap on the wrist as they paraded a coffin past Phoenix police headquarters Monday night. They say they want murder charges filed.
“We really believe this was an unjust murder," said protester Carmen Galindo. "We want to pressure them to get results sooner and to protest based on testimony of the officer.”
The Maricopa County Attorney's Office may upgrade charges against Officer Richard Chrisman, but officials are waiting to see the outcome of the full investigation and medical examiner's report.
In testimony, Chrisman's partner turned on him, saying Rodriguez was not armed and was not posing a threat when he was shot.
The Police Department officially has no comment on the ongoing protests, which they have been monitoring.
Organizers said other Latino and human rights groups have promised to join their protest if the county attorney does not upgrade the charges to murder.
Chrisman’s personnel file should be released by the end of the week.