4 Houston police officers fired after fatal shooting

The Houston Police Officers’ Union said that four officers have been fired after the fatal shooting of a man who had a history of mental illness and appeared to be on his knees before he was killed.
2:09 | 09/11/20

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the real needs of the American people. Now, to newly released police body cam video in Houston tonight. It comes in the case that led to the firing of four police officers in Houston. The officers were called about a man suffering a mental crisis. In the 14-minute encounter, a taser failed to subdue him. ABC's Marcus Moore with the images, and we warn you tonight, they are disturbing. Reporter: Tonight, a Houston man's final moments captured on dramatic body cameras. Against the glare of flashlights and the throes of chaos, 27-year-old Nicholas Chavez apparently suffering a mental health crisis. Calm down. Reporter: The shooting happened on April 21st, when officers responded to several calls about a man having a walking into traffic. The edited-down video released tonight by Houston police appears to show Chavez ignoring officers' commands while stabbing himself with a piece of rebar. Stop cutting yourself, man, relax. Reporter: Chavez repeatedly asking officers to kill him. Video shows officers shooting bean bags, deploying tasers and shooting him three times. Still trying to engage him for several minutes. Shots fired. Reporter: Officers later shoot him again as he tries to get ahold of one of their taser S. Firing 21 rounds, hitting him multiple times. Today, Houston's police chief confirming four of the five officers involved in the fatal shooting have been fired. The mayor's comments tonight signaling the weight of their decision and the toll of law enforcement and a nation in crisis. No one should conclude that the dismissal of these officers is an indictment on HPD. Of the 5,300 police officers. But when you're wrong -- when you're wrong, there are consequences. Reporter: David, it was those 21 shots the mayor and police chief say were unjustified. The police union says the officers followed policy, training and the law. And the d.a.'s office telling us this case will go to a grand jury for possible charges. David? All right, Marcus Moore tonight. Marcus, thank you.

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