(EL PASO TIMES) An El Paso police officer pulled his Taser stun gun after he drew his handgun and fatally shot a handcuffed prisoner at the Downtown Jail last year, according to security camera footage released Monday by the city of El Paso.
The video of the March 8, 2013, shooting death of bodybuilder Daniel Saenz was released after the Texas Attorney General's Office ordered the city to comply with an open-records request made by the El Paso Times in February. The video was requested after a grand jury declined to indict Officer Jose Flores in the shooting.
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Jim Jopling, a lawyer with the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) representing Flores, said in a statement that the group believes the grand jury cleared Flores because of "the totality of the circumstances, which include the long sequence of events that came before the shooting itself."