Brother of man shot by Phoenix police speaks out

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The brother of a man who was shot and killed during a confrontation with Phoenix police is speaking out about the incident.

"I knew he had absolutely no reason to run," says Rickey Brisbon, 38, speaking out about his brother Rumain Brisbon. "The fact that they found everything they claim to have found after they killed him? I mean, that just makes no sense to me, because I know how my brother was, I know how he is. He had no reason to run."

Rickey Brisbon spoke to 3TV in a jailhouse interview Monday, talking about the shooting of his brother Rumain. That shooting prompted several nights of protests.

"I do believe it was unjustified," says Rickey of the shooting.

Rumain Brisbon was shot and killed by Phoenix police officer Mark Rine earlier this month, after a struggle that broke out when Rine was called to investigate a report of drug activity in the area.

Rickey Brisbon says he does not believe his brother was a threat, or a drug dealer, even though a large amount of money and drugs was reportedly found in Rumain Brisbon's car.

"The only drugs that he could have had on him was marijuana and pills," says Rickey Brisbon. "That's the only thing I could think of that he would have had on him."

Rickey Brisbon was in court himself Monday and was denied bail. He faces drug-related charges. Brisbon is also under investigation for a sexual assault.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Glendale police are investigating the brother of an unarmed drug suspect fatally shot by Phoenix police for allegations of sexual assault and threatening the officer involved in the shooting.

Police say 38-year-old Rickey McGee Brisbon, of Glendale, was arrested Friday on an unrelated charge of domestic violence from a June 2013 case. He was also booked for marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession.

But authorities say they are investigating a claim that Brisbon physically and sexually assaulted a 41-year-old female.

The female victim told authorities that Brisbon also threatened to kill her and Officer Mark Rine.

According to court documents released on Monday, Rickey Brisbon and the suspect know each other. They were both at his brother's funeral on Thursday.

Brisbon told the female victim that she needed to be "punished" for the death of his brother. She told police that Brisbon accused her of being involved with the police shooting involving his brother.

The victim also told police that another woman was present during the sexual assault and she recorded it on video.

She also stated that Brisbon and the other woman injected an unknown substance into their bodies with syringes.

Investigators stated that Brisbon had been searching public records for information about Officer Rine.

He is being held without bond.

Phoenix police say Rine was investigating a tip that Rumain Brisbon was conducting a drug deal Dec. 2 when he mistook a pill bottle in Brisbon's pocket for a gun and shot him.


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