Phoenix, AZ — Ryan Whitaker, 40, and father of two, had committed no crime, had harmed no one and was merely answering his door when Phoenix police officer Jeff Cooke dumped three rounds into him — killing him in cold blood. Though the shooting took place in May, video from the incident has only just been released as part of a Freedom of Information Act request.
The incident started over a noise complaint from Whitaker’s upstairs neighbor and ended with the murder of an innocent father. A family for the attorney described the call to police about the noise as “exaggerated” which put Whitaker and his girl friend Brandee Nees’ lives in danger. He also said the police knew this.
“The Phoenix Police Department knew from the night of the shooting that this was a false and exaggerated 911 call,” Matthew Cunnigham, the family’s lawyer said.
The nosy neighbor from upstairs — without any evidence — called police claiming they heard a loud argument that may be getting physical.
The caller even said on the 911 recording that they claimed it was “physical” just to get the cops out there faster.
“It could be physical,” the caller told a 911 dispatcher. “I could say yeah if that makes anybody hurry on up. Get anybody here faster.”...........read more............