GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Newly bodycam video released shows the moment Grand Prairie police shot and killed Carlos High back in 2018.
High was believed to be mentally ill.
Back in April 2018, someone witnessed the 37-year-old man slumped in a car outside an Ikea in Grand Prairie and called police, requesting a welfare check.
When police arrived, they saw High had a rifle on him and told him to put his hands up. As High got his gun, an officer shot and killed him.
Angela Luckey, president of the NAACP’s Grand Prairie chapter, says for two and a half years High’s family has been asking police to release the bodycam footage detailing what happened next with no success. Now, a judge has ordered its release.
“The shooting of Carlos High, Sr., it does concern me,” Luckey said. “The second officer that had communication with Mr. Carlos High, he amped it up. He came in like a cowboy. With Carlos’ mental state on the scene, he was saying his car was tapped, saying people were watching him, saying that it was already on television and things like that… you could tell Mr. High was not operating in his right mind.”
After watching the video, the Grand Prairie NAACP is now calling for more mental health training for its city’s officers and believe the de-escalation techniques shown in that video were not up to par.