Birmingham, AL – Birmingham Police released the bodycam footage of the fatal shooting of Desmon Montez Ray Jr., which occurred on Easter Sunday.
On April 4, Birmingham Police responded to a 911 call about a domestic dispute that was taking place inside a vehicle. When officers spotted the vehicle at the 200 block of Ninth Avenue West, they attempted to stop the vehicle.
Desmon Montez Ray was driving the vehicle and refused to stop. Police pursued the vehicle until it crashed into a chain link fence. Ray then exited the vehicle, confronted the officers and fired a gun. Officers returned fire and struck Ray. Ray was transported to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
“The department needed to put out the most factual information to make sure the community knows we’re going to operate above board and we’re going to be extremely clear in our delivery and we’re going to show exactly what occurred that night. Let me be clear, there’s not a member of this department who wants to take anyone’s life. Our goal is preservation of life, and we want to be respectful to everyone. We extend our condolences to the Ray family, but we have to make sure that we’re putting out the information that is necessary and relevant for the greater good of our community.” – Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith
Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith released the ring doorbell video and the bodycam footage due to the misinformation that was being spread throughout the community
“Our goal is to be as transparent as we possibly can. I feel it is critically important that we get information out there for the greater good of the community. It’s crucial to show the community what actually occurred, the involvement of our officers and the lengths we go through.” – Chief Patrick Smith
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