On 18 January 2016, Mesa Police Department officer Philip Brailsford shot and killed Daniel Shaver. Shaver was allegedly in possession of an air rifle while he was staying at a La Quinta Inns & Suites hotel. An anonymous caller reported seeing the rifle through the hotel room window to the police. Following an investigation, Brailsford was charged with second-degree murder. Controversy emerged surrounding the release of body camera footage of the event.
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