Justice For Daniel Shaver
I was encouraged to start this fund by those who have expressed their willingness to help during our grief and loss. My beloved husband, Daniel, was murdered in an unjustified shooting by (former) Mesa Police Officer Philip Brailsford and passed away the evening of Monday, January 18th.
Daniel was traveling for work in Mesa, Arizona, an area he services 2-3 times a month for pest removal stores. He carries his work equipment: two pellet guns required by for job. Due to how expensive his company's pellet guns are, he takes his hard case into his hotel room every night.
Daniel had befriended two individuals, a man and woman, who were staying at his hotel and invited them to have some drinks in his room. The woman saw Daniel's case and questioned if it was a musical instrument. He told them that it was for his pellet guns he used for work. Then the man and Daniel took turns holding it and looking out of the scope near the window of his hotel room.
Unknowingly to my husband, two guests in the hot tub saw into Daniel's 5th floor window and stated they saw men with a gun near the window of a 5th floor hotel room and notified front desk workers who called police.
The man in the room stepped out to call his wife momentarily. While he was gone, officers arrived and ordered Daniel and the woman out into the hallway onto their hands and knees. Through a mix of demands, Daniel cried out "Please don't shoot me" as he tried to keep up with the changing demands the officers shouted at him while on the ground with his legs crossed behind him. His right arm made a motion near the side of his body, as if he lost balance, and officer Brailsford shot him with an AR-15 five times. Daniel has gunshot wounds ranging from his face down to his knee. Daniel was unarmed and fully compliant. He died instantly in the hallway.
He was my best friend. The love of my life. A son. A brother. Many people's friend. The glue that held me together. He was madly in love with his two daughters. He worked hard and sacrificed so he could provide for us. Our oldest, Natalie (6), is a true daddy's girl and they had a very special bond. Emery (4) misses her daddy and is crying for him during the night asking me, "Why can't people come back alive?" My girls want their daddy home. I want their tears to stop and for their sweet little delicate hearts to have never experienced this traumatizing and completely unfair loss.
We were planning to move to AZ this summer and I had stopped taking on clients to prepare for our move. I'm also currently 8 months pregnant as a surrogate for my friends. I am raising money for general life expenses in the face of losing all our income as well as to cover traveling expenses to AZ as we enter this court battle to fight for justice. Your support is sincerely appreciated. We have a long battle ahead but I will not stop until my husband Daniel recieves justice.
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Thank you for the continued support. Something has to change! Officers must be held accountable when they take the lives of the citizens they are sworn to protect.
This evening I have to explain to our two young child why the man who murdered their father is at home with his family tonight. Justice is a word we've come to know over the last two years. Injustice is now one more term to add to their vocabulary. I won't stop fighting. I will do what I can to raise these girls the right way, teach them to fight for what's right in this world, be the change, be the helpers, always use empathy--and everything else that their dad stood for. He was such a good guy and deserved so much more. Danny, I tried so hard. I'm so sorry.
Please respect our privacy at this time. I've been so busy traveling back and forth to trial for six weeks that I haven't even started thinking of the upcoming holidays we will now be facing alone for our second year.
The continued donations, if you choose to so kindly donate, will help recover court costs, traveling, food etc that I've had to spend over the last two years and our 6 week stay of trial. We are also all three in EMDR therapy every week working through our feelings and anxiety/PTSD/depression.
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Ma’am, First off I am sorry for your loss, words cannot heal this wound but I am sympathetic nonetheless. I just saw the unedited bodycam footage of the murder of your husband. I am a medically retired police officer and SWAT operator. I want to tell you what you already know, your husband was murdered by former officer Philip Brailsford. It is a travesty of justice that he was acquitted of this heinous crime. I don’t know if the unedited footage was used in the trial and if not you may have grounds for a retrial. If so and you have exhausted your criminal legal options, you will win a civil suit for wrongful death against Philip Brailsford and the Mesa police department. I know this would not bring your husband back or heal the pain, but it could help provide for your family and your children’s future. It is a small measure of justice. As a SWAT Officer myself, I was disgusted by how poorly this team acted and the blatant murder of your husband. I normally wouldn’t contact you but this is grossly unjust and any experienced SWAT operator can point out all the mistakes that were made that led to this tragedy. Again I apologize for bothering you and I offer you my condolences. I know you are tired of them but I also feel responsible in a way because these were my police brothers and what they did is a crime to you, your husband, your family & friends and all of us good officers. I hope the pain lessens with time and I am sorry for your family. Sincerely, Christopher M. Gómez
Just because the county attorney offers that SOB a plea deal does not mean that the judge has to accept it. The judge has the power to reject the plea bargain and require the SOB to stand trial if he wants to. So if you can give us an web address for the court house maybe everybody could flood the court house with emails demanding that justice be done in this case. I know that I would take the time to write one
That bullying cop was clearly enjoying inflicting fear on Daniel Shaver. And what's up with making a drunk guy cross his legs and do the hokey-pokey? There was no reason for all that "now you're going to crawl" sadism. There were five officers there and one cop could have held a gun on him while another cop handcuffed him. He was shot NOT because he was a threat but because of POWER TRIP.
The Officer removed Daniel's First Amendment Rights: as he ordered him at Gun point to remain silent. Thus Daniel could not request or explain his movements as he attempted to pull up his pants. The Law is on Daniel's side, while the officer is a criminal.
I watched the tape and I could see the cop was a PSYCHO in the first few moments from his speech-this was clearly an act of MURDER and I join you in your search for JUSTICE and seeing this MURDERER behind bars-for Law Infuxtion to have the nerve to stand up and claim this PSYCHO was justified in shooting this innocent poor man crawling on the floor 5 times MAKES MY BLOOD BOIL
I watched the body camera footage several times. It is outrageous to see how the police used verbal threatening and ridicious commands to set a trap for the victim. 90% of us could not survive the killing trap. The Police had total control of the situation. But they were too lazy to go up and handcuff the victim. Instead, they pointed guns at him and forced him to play the deadly Simon Says game: one bad move, you are dead! This is broad daylight murder ! I dont want any citizen to go through the same trap again. Please sue the city's pants off and make them accoutable.
I donated via PayPal and I know of some others who are doing the same, so look out for that. Laney, I'm so sorry. I cannot even imagine what you're going through. There are so many people thinking and praying for you and I hope that offers some comfort. Praying for justice for you and your family ❤️
I'm so sorry for your loss. This was murder pain and simple, by a sadistic police officer who easily could have just cuffed your husband. That a jury let the cop off is outrageous. I hope that you bring a civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit against the police department. I agree with Mr Gomez- as a lawyer who has worked in the personal injury field, you will win a civil rights/personal injury lawsuit. The police department needs to be held accountable and your children provided for.
Guys we really need to come together right now and put this POS in prison for the rest of his life . This is cold blooded murder , how long can we put up with it . What happens when its not just a name in a story but someone you love dearly. Fuck this asshole . Rot ..
This is so heartbreaking. I lost my father when I was 9 in the same situation and unfortunately The police officer was found not guilty as well. I am so sorry that justice was not received. The country is outraged now that the video has been released. God Bless xx
Becoming the typical response for police officers these days. It's like they're almost looking for an excuse to shoot an innocent unarmed person. This just adds to the many senseless killings by police officers. A major growing concern and that they are continuing to do it without facing any consequences for their actions. Daniel is my nephew by marriage and I hope the court system does what is designed to do and they make that Officer pay for what he's done. Daniel would have never ever done anything to put his life in that situation and I find it extremely odd that of all those officers only one felt threatened. It sounds like to me that officer does not have what it takes to be a police officer if he's that easily scared.
I am sobbing . Unfortunately i saw this Video last night and i could not sleep well. What is wrong with some of these Cops ? I understand the work that they do is very risky and stressful BUT this particular situation should have ended without any loss of life. It just seemed to me that both cops ( i guessing one is doing the talking and other is ready to shoot) had some personal grudge against Mr Daniel Shaver from the Get go. What kind of Aggressive language is that? "I will shoot you if you make a mistake" . Are they Cops or are they members of a Gang? Instead of asking Mr Shave to proceed calmly with hands up in the Air and assuring him No harm will be done and that this just a routine procedure they are following to ensure the safety of everyone involved , one of the cop keeps shouting aggressively at Shaver and other is ready to take him down at the slightest chance. I feel so bad for Mr Shaver's family . I am deeply disturbed by this Video. No one shoud ever face this kind of death at the hands of a Cop. I am sorry Mr Shaver's Family , you all have been unfairly treated by the justice system and the Cops involved should have been punished atleast for 10 years in Jail if not Life in Prison. Sorry again to Victim's family . Show less REPLY
Please consider a civil suit against this crazed murderer who killed your innocent, hard working loved one. He should be made to support you and your family for the rest of your lives. I'm sure you will get some measure of satisfaction from a jury in a civil suit.
I am SO sad that I can completely relate and feel your pain. On Oct. 22nd I lost my Best Friend, my twin flame, my spirit and my soul to the lethal force of 3 killer deputies. They stripped me of everything and I too, was forced to overexpose myself to conduct my own investigation, proving that things don't line up. 39 shells on the ground. I was the first one at the scene (not because of any either) and they left me to stand there and look at him, uncovered, face down with his arms above his in the bike lane for over ELEVEN hours. Im so sorry, Im crying for your pain. Push a hard line but try as hard as it is to do something for yourself, get signed up for some type of therapy. I cut mine off and actually start mine tomorrow but I think that by putting it off I made things a little worse for myself and it's very unfortunate because in these kind of situations we don't get to grieve like everybody else and go through the normal stages. we shouldn't have to play private investigator to find out why someone would ever think it's okay to take the gift that God gave their mothers. LIFE
I really wish I could help you(my families house suffered a devastated fire this past Saturday am), but I did watch the video, in horror, disgust and anger. At not only the killers actions(hes no damn cop), but the fact that its these very actions who are causing rampant hatred for officers across the country and dozens of senseless killings of officers, including one right near my house. Noone should get a free pass for murder-no matter their title. my heart hurts for you, and am angry for you that the justice system failed you so miserably. There are so many injustices in this world that I have 1 week left of my justice degree and hooe I can get a position that allows me to make changes in the laws. Keep your chin up, and keep my name in mind because, with any luck, youll see My name and the shakeup I hope I can cause. its needed and maybe Daniels death will mean something more than a statistic) )
If anything, police should be held to a higher standard than that of the public…As it stands now, police can commit crimes with impunity because, in most situations, they investigate themselves…Behavior that would get an ordinary citizen charged, convicted and incarcerated is routinely ignored by “the powers that be” because police are considered to be “above the law” as the “law” is whatever they say it is, the Constitution be damned… Police officers are the only group that can murder someone by falsely claiming that "they feared for their lives", have 48 to 72 hours to “get their stories straight”, and have a union lawyer and compliant prosecutor-steered “grand jury” absolve them of responsibility. Police demand immediate compliance (Israeli-style)–with two or three cops issuing and yelling out conflicting commands, it is easy to see how a person under police control could lose his life for merely attempting to follow conflicting directions. Ever notice that police unions are “fraternal”? This should tell you something. The “thin-blue-line” is a gang, little different than street gangs–at least when it comes to “covering-up” their questionable and quite often, illegal and criminal behavior. In today’s day and age, “officer safety” trumps de-escalation of force. This, in part, is due to the militarization of the police along with training in Israeli police tactics. This becomes a problem, with the “us vs. them” attitude that is fosters, along with the fact that Israel is a very different place, being on a constant “war footing”, its police tactics are very different. There are too many instances of police being “given a pass”, even when incontrovertible video and audio evidence is presented. Grand juries, guided by police-friendly prosecutors, quite often refuse to charge those police officers who abuse their authority. Police officers, who want to do the right thing, are quite often marginalized and put into harms way, by their own brethren…When a police officer is beating on someone that is already restrained while yelling, “stop resisting” THAT is but one reason police have a “bad name” in many instances…this makes the “good cops” who are standing around, witnessing their “brethren in blue” beating on a restrained suspect, culpable as well… Here are changes that can help reduce police-induced violence: 1. Get rid of police unions. Police unions (fraternities) protect the guilty, and are responsible for the massive whitewashing of questionable police behavior that is presently being committed. 2. Eliminate both “absolute” and “qualified” immunity for all public officials. This includes, prosecutors and judges, police and firefighters, code enforcement and child protective services officials, and others who deal with the citizenry. The threat of being sued personally would encourage them to behave themselves. Require police officers to be “bonded” by an insurance company, with their own funds. No bond= no job. You can bet that insurance companies would be more diligent in weeding out the "bad apples" than our present system... 3. Any public funds disbursed to citizens as a result of police misconduct should come out of police pension funds–NOT from the taxpayers. 4. Regular drug-testing of police officers as well as incident-based drug testing should take place whenever an officer is involved in a violent situation with a citizen–no exceptions. 5. Testing for steroid use should be a part of the drug testing program. You know damn well, many police officers “bulk up” with the “help” of steroids. Steroids also affect users mentally as well, making them more aggressive. The potential for abuse of citizens increases greatly with steroid use. 6. Internal affairs should only be used for disagreements between individual officers–NOT for investigations involving citizen abuse. State-level investigations should be mandatory for all suspected abuses involving citizens. 7. Prosecutors should be charged with malfeasance IF any evidence implicating police officer misconduct is not presented to the grand jury. 8. A national or state-by-state database of abusive individuals who should NEVER be allowed to perform police work should be established–a “blacklist” of abusive (former) police officers. 9. Most people are unaware that police have special “rules” that prohibit them from being questioned from 48 to 72 hours. This allows them to “get their stories straight” and makes it easier to “cover up” bad police behavior. Police must be subject to the same laws as civilians. 10. All police should be required to wear bodycams and utilize dashcams that cannot be turned off. Any police officers who causes a dash or body cam to be turned off should be summarily fired–no excuses. Today’s body and dash cams are reliable enough to withstand harsh treatment. Body and dashcam footage should be uploaded to a public channel “on the cloud” for public perusal. 11. All interrogations must be video and audio recorded.