The body camera footage from the August 8th shooting of Toussaint Diamon Sims was released today.
We want to warn you, the video you are about to see is extremely graphic.
Moss Point Police Chief Brandon Ashley released a statement that reads: “The body camera footage show Sgt. Lancen Shipman exiting his vehicle armed with a less lethal taser. During the foot pursuit, Shipman pulls a firearm from his waistband. Sgt. Shipman orders Sims to drop his weapon. Mr. Sims fails to comply and his action cause Shipman to discharge his firearm fatally wounding Sims.”
This is what attorney’s representing both sides had to say. Calvin Taylor, attorney for Moss Point officer, said, “People are saying stuff about you and you can’t defend yourself. We’re happy that the Grand Jury is seeing everything now, but we can talk about it and now that we know what we said all along was true, this was a justified officer-involved shooting. End of story.”
Although it was determined Sgt. Shipman acted within the law and policy and procedure of the Moss Point Police Department, Brian Dunn with the Cochran Firm says the fight may not be over. “The Grand Jury’s determination was not that the officer did everything right or that they didn’t do anything wrong it’s that he shouldn’t be charged with a criminal act as a result of what happened and frankly that happens in 99.99% of all officer involved shootings. There’s obviously an extensive period of time for which to file a civil lawsuit. I expect one will be filed in the next 30 days.”
The NAACP said upon the release of the body camera footage they would release a statement. News 25 is still waiting to hear back from the organization.