A new video shows two US Park Police officers standing within close range of Iranian-American Bijan C. Ghaisar as he sits behind the steering of his stopped jeep and then firing nine shots into his vehicle.
Ghaisar’s Jeep Grand Cherokee then slowly veered into a ditch away from the officers, according to the video recording of the November incident released on Wednesday.
The video does not show any interaction with or provocation by Ghaisar in the moments before he was brutally shot dead by the police.
According to the five-minute footage, Ghaisar’s vehicle began to move slowly forward again after stopping, that was when first five shots were fired. When the jeep moved forward four seconds later, the officers fired two more times at close range. When it drifted again 11 seconds later, the police fired another two shots.
The video was released by Fairfax County police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr., whose department was neither involved in the shooting nor is participating in the investigation. A Fairfax County officer captured the incident on his in-car video camera.
The FBI is investigating the shooting death of Ghaisar, 25, an accountant from McLean, Virginia, who died after being shot several times by the police while driving on the George Washington Parkway on November 17, 2017.
Ghaisar was an American-born citizen of Iranian heritage.
Ghaisar’s family has said he was shot three times in the head after a short chase by police, and that he had no weapons in his vehicle when shot. He died 10 days later.
The US police say the shooting occurred after he was involved in a hit and run crash.
Iran’s High Council for Human Rights has condemned the violent act, saying, “The US government should be held accountable for the murder and answer to the world’s public opinion.”
The council added that via an official letter, it would call on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to follow up on the killing and provide a report.
The Iranian rights council also noted that according to the principles of international law, especially Article I of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, “Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.”
source: press tv