Michael Garrett Blair was black. He was also a paranoid schizophrenic. Blair, who had never had a history of violent episodes, locked himself in the bathroom of his family’s Richmond, TX house, threatening to commit suicide. His mother called around to various mental health facilities, who all told her to call 9-1-1. Reluctant, she called and officers soon arrived. What happened next was captured on video:
Officers were talking to Blair through the door, when they suddenly kicked it in with guns drawn. They tased him, then entered the bathroom. Blair was briefly incapacitated, giving officers plenty of time to cuff him. Instead, they turn to leave, but when they noticed he was getting up, one of the officers re-entered the bathroom and shot Blair eleven times, eight times in the head.
Michael Garrett Blair
November 4, 2013