This story has been around for a couple of weeks now but the police dashcam video of the event (above) was only recently released. From an argument over use of the Walmart toilet, it ended up with one of the family fatally shot by police, another wounded in the stomach, and a police officer shot in the leg. All of the family were taken into police custody and face numerous serious charges, and two children have been put into government care.
Apparently the family were camping in the Walmart carpark, and got into an altercation with Walmart security who called police. One story says the argument began when the Walmart security woman mistook one of the female members of the family for a male and tried to prevent her using the female toilet.
Police were called, and were already in attendance when the second police dash cam vehicle and its occupants enter the car park. At that stage, there seems to be a conversation going on between Walmart workers, the police and members of the family.
This seems to challenge the police version of the story from before the release of the video wherein they claimed that the family has immediately assaulted the police upon their arrival at the scene.
Its hard to work out what is going on from the video, but for sure, the family didn’t go down easy. However, I’m not sure they provoked the issue. The aggressive posture of the arriving police officer who immediately grabbed a girl from behind seems to have sparked off the brawl, with her brother trying to protect her. There seems to have been no intent by the Police to bring a peaceful conclusion to the event.
(I thought that the police in the US had to follow a procedure of arrest before they could assault any person that is just standing in a public place, but maybe I am wrong about that.)
The Walmart staffer also seems pretty interested in violence and continues to assault one of the family members who to me didn’t look all that keen on a fight. The family were apparently unarmed with only the police firing shots, using multiple tasers and pepper spray.
I am seeing comments and remarks on many news site saying the family were white trash and deserved everything they got. I’m not so sure I concur with that view. I lived in Idaho for a while and found it to be one of the most peaceful and law abiding places I have ever been.
The family performed as a band called “Matthew 24 Now” and apparently this was their only source of earned income. They have pleaded not guilty to all charges and their story of the events differs markedly from the police report.
The arrested, all family members, have been identified as the Gavers, from Boise, Idaho. David, 18; Nathaniel, 27; Jeremiah, 29; Ruth, 52; and Peter, 55, were all booked into the Yavapai County Jail, according to jail records. Two juveniles were also taken into custody. David was shot in the stomach and hospitalized. 21-year-old Enoch, was shot in the head and later died.
I think there is still a lot of truth to surface on this event.