Video in Fatal Florida Police Shooting: ‘Get on the Ground or You’re Dead’

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Attorneys for the family of a man who was fatally shot by Miami Gardens, Fla., police this year said Wednesday that a dash-cam video showed him being chased by officers before he was told to “get on the ground or you’re dead!”

Lavall Hall, 25, was shot near his family’s home at 5 a.m. on Feb. 15 after his mother, Catherine Daniels, called police about his erratic behavior and asked for their help. She said her son, who at the time was dressed in a tank top and underwear and holding a broom, had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

“He had gotten out of the hospital the week before,” Glen Goldberg, one of two attorneys representing the family, told The Times in a phone interview. “She called and said, ‘Please take my child to a mental health facility.’”

Goldberg said the violence seen on the video was on par with what occurred in South Carolina, where North Charleston Police Officer Michael Thomas Slager shot and killed Walter Lamar Scott.

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