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It happened again: two Texas deputies are under investigation for the fatal shooting of a man who was standing with both arms held above his head in a recognized gesture of surrender.

The two Bexar County Sheriff's deputies, Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez, responded to a domestic violence call at a home in the 24400 block of Walnut Pass. When they arrived they spotted a woman holding a baby and bleeding from her head. A shirtless man stood nearby wielding a knife.

The man was later identified as 41-year-old Gilbert Flores of San Antonio.

The deputies claim they tried to subdue Flores before they shot him. But cell phone video shows the moment when Flores was shot as he held his hands up.

The exclusive video, which can be viewed on KSAT-TV's website, shows Flores standing with his empty hands up in the air before one of the deputies shot him.

Vasquez and Sanchez have been placed on paid administrative leave until an investigation into the shooting is completed.

Last year, the city of Ferguson, Missouri was polarized by violence and rioting after 19-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a former Ferguson police officer. Witnesses say Brown was holding his hands up when he was shot and killed.

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    • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

      BECOMING MORE AND MORE DESENSITIZED...

      (I FORGOT WHO USED THAT WORD YESTERDAY... BUT IT FITS)

    • iWasteTime

      Not only did they shoot him dead but they didn't lift a finger to call for help or check that dudes vitals... smh
      I'm praying for the brother who took the video..He is in danger !

    • Blaque Mahogany

      They have a clear picture of him with his hands up too. Interesting.

      Soooo now they are trying to label the #BlackLivesMatter campaign as a hate group and saying it is actually the anti-police movement. It looks as though MSM is running with this angle as well. Smh.

    • stanhope

      The police have become a militarized group of COPS watching needle dicks who think the are candidates for an action movie. Laws need to be enacted that reign these outlaws in and consequences should be severe when they misbehave

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      Welp, this will be an open and shut case of murder. Thank God for cell phones.

    • WHITTYwithWORDS

      Well...How they gonna spin this one...was he a telepathic? Was his mind a threat? I'm curious.

    • CrazySexyKool

      All I can say is WoW... how can this be justified? What did the wife see? What was the talk about before they shot him? What did he do violently? Was it worth this? America needs you Jesus.

    • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

      I READ THAT NON BLACKS ARE ACTUALLY PROFITING FROM THE WHOLE DEAL...

    • Jen_n_juice

      Why do officers carry tasers, spray, etc when they have the "shoot to kill mindset"?

      Morning Roses!

    • ShelbyMoore

      They're hiring mentally ill individuals who have just been released from the military with PTSD.

    • ShelbyMoore

      They didn't waste any time cuffing him though...like what's the dead man going to do?

    • ShelbyMoore

      GM.

      They just need all of their guns taken. The police are able to police in the EU without guns.

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      He's going to say he thought he had his taser out.

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      Yet they are plead on PAID administrative leave - even though the man was clearly holding his hands up when he was shot.

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      He's black?

    • jeniefrumdabloc™

      I'm so sick of my office I swear ... and now I have lost all my got dayum passwords ..... Not in the mood this morning at all

    • You Aint Shyt-LuhYou, B.Sweet

      This, I really want to just run away.

    • jeniefrumdabloc™

      Cosign .. chile lord knows I need me something else .... I am so sick of holding folks hand in here ... like they can't do nothing .... over it ! Ugh

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      The organizer, Shaun King, is a white man pretending to be black.

    • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

      Hey jenie

    • WHITTYwithWORDS

      Go take a work if you need to, thats what I do...

    • jeniefrumdabloc™

      Hey bew ... <3

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      The organizer, Shaun King is a white man pretending to be black.

    • jeniefrumdabloc™

      What's take a work?

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      #BlackLivesMatter organizer, Shaun King is a white man pretending to be black.

    • Buttercup

      #BrownLivesMatter

    • You Aint Shyt-LuhYou, B.Sweet

      I can't save people. I am not captain save you. Why do you have your job if you're about this BS lyfe.

      I just need a vacation period... by myself.

    • yallcrazy

      I was just thinking how lately Ive been scrolling past these stories. Its like its so common now. I still feel emotion about it but it makes me so upset that I don't want to read it. I feel helpless. Just commenting and doing no action to fight whats going on.

    • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      At the 1:52 mark the officers turned around and spotted the guy filming them. The officers executed that man.

    • jeniefrumdabloc™

      Chile okay!!!! Making over 100 suntin a year ... smfh

    • WHITTYwithWORDS

      lol a walk....Im tired, sorry

    • jeniefrumdabloc™

      Not watching that video ... but I believe ya .... sad

    • jeniefrumdabloc™

      Lolololol oh ......

    • jeniefrumdabloc™

      and in these Federal jobs .... now that shyt you can blame Obama for ... seriously

    • iWasteTime

      yes, Michael Thomas, he was on the news this morning talking about why he was taping. there is another video too, apparently closer but it has not been released yet

    • Queen Negus

      I said that a couple weeks ago and comments suggested I was wrong. Nope new laws needed for Police nationwide.
      Also check in your city on how they purchased military trucks on our tax dollars!! ?

    • WHITTYwithWORDS

      So is it just a kill shoot? What happen to shoot in the limbs...maybe I watch tew merch tv.

    • jeniefrumdabloc™

      Welp let me a help a friend with her resume ... BBL

    • Its Me

      Nigga you in DANGER

    • Jen_n_juice

      Yep! That's why they're trying to pass laws against recording them. They only like being recorded when they can control the outlook ie 48hrs, Cops, etc

    • Jen_n_juice

      Yes. It's just Americans that have to flex their power

    • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

      I can't cosign to that vacation

    • hotntot95

      This is so messed up..blacklivesmatter...ok.. if they did this bull wouldn't keep happening

    • Queen Negus

      What where?

    • Buttercup

      It's disgusting that the sheriff's office tried to pass the buck to the news station for releasing the video.

    • Buttercup

      It's always been shoot to kill.

    • You Aint Shyt-LuhYou, B.Sweet

      I think I'm about to take a nap... at my desk.

    • You Aint Shyt-LuhYou, B.Sweet

      I need something. Babysitting all day is not the business. If I wanted to do that I'd open up a daycare.

    • JENNYJONES1

      WE'VE GONE FROM AMERICA'S DUMBEST CRIMINALS TO AMERICA'S DUMBEST COPS B/C THEY ARE DOING DUMB CRIMINAL ISH AND FORGETTING WE ARE IN THE CELL PHONE RECORDING ERA SO ANYTHING THEY DO CAN BE RECORDED............JENNY JONES!!!

    • Queen Negus

      Why not kill them. The more they kill unarmed people the more money they get from the government by labeling their community dangerous.

    • Buttercup

      ...

    • You Aint Shyt-LuhYou, B.Sweet

      Usually some of the worst unless they actually care about their jobs. When people raise their kids and don't hold them accountable for anything, we get to deal with the aftermath.

    • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

      YO! MY SENTIMENTS EXACTLY...

    • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

      MISS SANDRA POSTED THIS ONE A COUPLE WEEKS AGO ACTUALLY

    • Buttercup

      But you didn't say what Stan said....

    • first page

      powerful!

    • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

      I FORGOT ALL ABOUT HIM...

      BLACK LIVES DON'T MATTER, BUT BLACK DOLLARS DO.

    • Chitsngiggles

      Paid Administration leave.....a muthafugging vacation.....

    • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

      I'd be lying if I said I was mourning for the dude.

    • PettyEyezPrime

      Good morning ?

    • Its Me

      Best vacation I ever took. Was dolo. Got in my car and drove to Asheville. Did all the Biltmore stuff. Winery. Ate good. Got back in my car and went to Cherokee and loved up on them slots for a day. Got in my car one more time and went to Gatlinburg and shopped like I was rich. My ex husband was SEW SEW mad. Big mad too. Tuh.

    • Buttercup

      No porque?

    • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

      If a man hits any of my daughters he's going out in similar fashion.

    • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

      BTW, the video was shot from very far away and you can only see one arm in the air. A pole is obstructing the view of the other arm.

    • Blaque Mahogany

      OMG... he looks really white. Let me search your website this can't be the same guy you posted on a few times. Oh my...

    • Buttercup

      Okay. I don't have a daughter, but if someone effs with Lil butter, I'd feel the same way as you.

    • You Aint Shyt-LuhYou, B.Sweet

      That sounds like a good idea though. I may have to consider that. I was thinking about working from the beach for a few days over into a weekend. Tell the family I have a business meeting. lol

      I love Gatlinburg but I may have to go for the beach sometime this month.

      I'm about to hit up a friend and ask her whats up with lunch cause I need to get out of this house for a little while.

    • Chitsngiggles

      I don't care what he did. If he wasn't a threat to the police, they have no right to kill him... We have to stop side stepping this issue. Justice is to be dealt with in the courthouse. Not in a drive way....

    • You Aint Shyt-LuhYou, B.Sweet

      Maybe he forgot to get a tan.

    • Buttercup

      Agreed. Geez, I'm teetering like a seesaw today. Let me get my life together.

    • Blaque Mahogany

      This!! No shade to Bird, but people really have a hard time realizing that the police are supposed to enforce the law. They are not vigilantes. If they are unable/incapable of doing their jobs, they don't need to be police. Period.

    • Queen Negus

      I am looking for the comment now. brb

    • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

      Ah. Maybe I saw a differant video. I saw a long one. One of the dudes arms is hidden by a pole so you can't tell if both hands are up. The video is 4 minutes long, but in that time frame the shooting occurs and an ambulance arrives. Prior to the abulance arriving one of the officers drags the woman beater, I mean victim, by the arm from the driveway to the grass.

    • Chitsngiggles

      There job is not to KILL. Its to serve and protect. Black people better wake up. Before its YOUR ass standing I'm your drive way with your life on the line.....

    • Buttercup

      "This is so sad! I feel there should be an Federal Bill STOPPING POLICE FROM KILLING UNARMED BLACKS!! Contact your Senator and Congress to make it an Federal Offense and automatically fired from job and charged for MURDER!!"

    • Jen_n_juice

      Probably. However, the "trigger" on a gun is different from a taser. So is the weight.

    • Chitsngiggles

      I've been really thinking about doing that. Just taking a trip by myself somewhere. I know my hubby is going to be mad, but when I need to get away, I need to go....

    • Buttercup

      So Bird, woman beaters don't deserve their right to a speedy trial?

    • shun king

      They are using every trick in the book to distract from the core issues, thats the same county that killed the 93 year old black woman

    • Sexy CJ

      ..................

    • Queen Negus

      I said 22 days ago.....It should read KILLING UNARMED PERSON IS AUTOMATICALLY AN FEDERAL OFFENSE with penalties that included jail time!!

      IMO!!!

      @Buttercup you said....Ummmm, dear. You may want to check out the 4th Amendment of the United States of America Constitution.

      And I said: Nope I am talking about a brand New One!!

      @Buttercup said:There's no need for a brand new one if cops stopped overstepping their bounds and people stopped making excuses to support the illegal actions of the thugs in blue.

      I said:It should read KILLING UNARMED PERSON IS AUTOMATICALLY AN FEDERAL OFFENSE with penalties that included jail time!!

      IMO!!!

      SANDRA DONT BAN ME..THANKS

    • 1/8

      Some cops are trigger-happy psychopaths looking for a reason to beat or kill someone. They join the police force for the same reasons nutjobs join the military... for the opportunity to hurt someone.

      Speaking of shootings, last night, a man shot to death a few blocks away from Obama's house. ?

    • Its Me

      My BFF does it once a year! I dont eem remma the catalyst on WHAT happened. I think it was work related AND my husband had pissed me off. But I called and made reservations THAT night. And called my sister and BIL for them kids some school arrangements. And dropped them off at school the next morning and was ADIOS. Friday-Tuesday. Only person I called WAS my sister and BIL. My husband all tracking the credit cards. Calling the hotels. Like AYE GIRL I KNOW you is there. *snot*

    • askquestions

      You get to a point where you ask yourself, "What are they teaching these cops at the Academy?"

    • Queen Negus

      Again I believe New Federal Rules and Regulations should be established on killing unarmed people. Also I remember when my brother was in he hiring process of becoming a police officer , they did a mental evaluation on him. I told him jokingly now we would have proof that you are crazy and you wont get the job. He did get the job and retired later. My question are police agencies still doing mental evaluation on police officers before hiring and they should do one after they kill someone as well? IMO

    • Queen Negus

      Same here. I am not watching it based on same killing but different victims!!

    • SUZANNE SUGERBAKER

      drink some water. it cures everything.

    • Chitsngiggles

      Criminals and police officers have similar characteristics and personalities....let that sink in.

    • Queen Negus

      Well said based on I had talked to Dee 1 last week about his behavior AND IT starts at home and he is not being RAISED BY WOLFS!!!

    • Blaque Mahogany

      The problem is the lack of formal/standard police requirements. Each locale/municipality can establish their own requirements. If you compare the strictest requirements in America to say, Russia, you will see how abysmal the training for American cops is.

    • 1/8

      It isn't hard to pass one of those test and most people know how to give the right answers.

    • Just Keya

      DEAD

    • SUZANNE SUGERBAKER

      what I need to know is where you keep finding these crazy folks at. Lord the poor man calling around to hotels crying and snoting on the phone like *sniff sniff* Where my wife at *snort*

    • Buttercup

      Yeah, your conversation is out of order.
      N- Posts about a law that outlaws the killing of unarmed, black men
      B- Told you that it already exists: the 4th Amendment
      N- Talking about a brand new one
      B- No need for a new one if the current one is enforced and people stopped supporting the illegal actions of policeman
      N- Killing unarmed persons should be an automatic federal offense that includes jail time
      B- Let's agree to disagree.

      Where you started and where you ended were so far from each other. Where you ended was in the neighborhood of what Stan said.

    • Queen Negus

      Good point. But I feel we as voters and tax payers should suggest to our congress leaders to change the law to include a Federal Offense to shoot unarmed people and mandatory jail time. The fact that the law is in place and the fear of going to jail Fed time would stop all the shootings and they would have to use mace/tasers. Yall remember the harsh drug laws we had, why not this?? IMO

    • Queen Negus

      SO TRUE!!!!!

    • Buttercup

      New post

    • T3

      Exactly how I feel. It's like, there has to be something we can do. But what? I ain't with nnarchimg am rallying. I mean all that is good. And thanks to those that do. But that ish yields ZERO results. *sigh*

    • 1shy112

      ? but why tho.....????

    • Queen Negus

      Really?? Wow

    • SummerBaby

      New post

    • Its Me

      I been knowing my ex-husband literally MY WHOLE LIFE. He and his sibs grew up across the street from my grandparents.

    • Kilroy

      Gonna see more shootings on the news after what happened to the two va. reporters.

    • http://yeuphonic.com @yeuphonic

      Organizing the community to recall the police chief and or mayor is quite effective but the liberals that run black lives matter would rather focus energy on flag removals and the super right white conservatives don't care either way until their children start getting gunned down.

    • Imperfectly_perfect

      I blame the Mike Brown fiasco. Ever since Darren Wilson murdered him, he's been sitting pretty! The most money he's made in his life came not from his job as a ferguson police officer, but from "paid" interviews & his "Go Fund" account. So now, rogue cops everywhere are looking for the same payoff! SMDH!

    • TheWildChild

      ? wow! .....Brown lives matter!

    • Queen Negus

      The police have become a militarized group of COPS watching needle dicks who think the are candidates for an action movie. Laws need to be enacted that reign these outlaws in and consequences should be severe when they misbehave

      _____________________________________

      I was replying to this comment about me stating I said it 22 days ago!!!

    • T3

      Truth

    • Imperfectly_perfect

      After watching the video I realize that in this day & age, anybody could be filming from anywhere! That would be enuf to make me do what's right, if I was a cop. But for some reason these pigs still don't get it! I hope they bring the electric chair to that mofo house, plug it in, fry his a*s & charge the bill to his estate! Bastards!

    • Buttercup

      I understand that and outlined that. What you said 22 days ago eventually derived into something that could be related to what Stan said. What you initially said wasn't what Stan said at all.

    • jeniefrumdabloc™

      morning

    • TheRealLee

      Yes, desensitization is the correct word in this case. Ultimately it becomes the norm and when we go under a police state it will be too late. Police work is hard and dangerous and I wouldn't want it, but cops around the country are behaving like thugs. That cop that was shot several times by a thug, no and no. Then this and the other cases. WTF is going on. The powers that be are only adding fuel to the fire while everybody is too busy watching Kardashian ass.

    • Lorenzo Chaps

      that goes back to my saying that although you think it's just you, it's not. everything you do, sm1 sees it. If you leave your home at 4am, sm1 sees you. At 1pm when you're checking your messages on your phone, a few people see that. I'm glad it was filmed.

    • !nStyl3

      You people kill me with that "there has to be something we can do but I don't know what" comments. How about you stop acting hopeless and start doing some research. Contact your local congressman or woman, go to your town hall meetings or host one. Have a talk with your local police department and community. Write a letter to your assembly member or governor. Your president. Sh!t you and millions of people voter him into office so if you felt then that your voice would count, it will count here. It takes zero dollars to start a petition or social media awareness about excessive police force. You can write an open letter to your local news paper or news station. There's a few suggestions. Pick one

    • 1/8

      My dad is a retired police detective, my sister is a cop, my cousin is a state trooper, and I've dated a cop or two. ?

      I was told one of the tricky questions on the exam is, "If your mother broke the law, could you arrest her?"

      The answer they are looking for is yes, because an officer's first duty is to uphold the law. However, the reality is, cops often pull strings for family members.

      When I was around 19 years old, I was in a van with a group of friends when we were stopped by an unmarked police vehicle, detained, and brought to a nearby police station for questioning.

      When an officer at the station recognized my last name, a look of fear washed over his face! When he realized who my father was, he said, "Kid, why didn't you tell me your father is a detective? Go home, I don't want any trouble with your old man!"

    • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

      NAILED IT...AND THE GUNS ARE ABOUT TO BE SWIPED AWAY. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE FOR REAL...IT JUST HURTS THAT I HAVE BABIES OUT HERE SEEING THIS MESS.

    • TheRealLee

      Only two types will have guns. TPTB and killer thugs. That's where we might be headed.

    • side_i

      Well he looks white there, other pictures I've seen he looked like a really light skin black guy.

    • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

      Yes. If they put their hands on my child the trial is going to be real speedy.

    • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

      I didn't say that what the cop did was right. I just said I don't feel bad for the dude. Still don't.

    • shaybytheway

      All lives matter though -_-

    • TheRealLee

      They need to do a national stand down on police procedure. That is when every single sheriff's office reviews if they are doing their jobs correctly. I wish I was the boss of this country. I would mandate it.

      http://news.yahoo.com/investigators-georgia-officer-likely-shot-other-officers-145410367.html

    • 1/8

      A Fox Lake, Illinois, police officer was shot and possibly killed this morning. There is an active manhunt for three suspects.

      One report indicates authorities are looking for two white men and a black man. Another report states police are searching for two black men and a white man.

      And around and around, we go!

    • CaliYoruba

      right, where are the the AllLivesMatter activist ? I guess they only come out for BLM *tuh*

    • TheRealLee

      Another killing today. This time a cop kills another cop.

    • TheRealLee

      Hands up in the air? Whatever does that mean?

    • Meme81

      Some mentally disturbed people join for those reasons I think most do it for the benefits and kind of get blindsided by the consequences.

    • JUDGEMENTAL

      paid administrative leave????????????

    • JUDGEMENTAL

      that's real talk right here...all we can do is get mad and make hashtags of the victims...WTH

    • Readytochokemothernatureonout

      Smh it's so frequent nowadays.....

    • GTFOHWTBS

      Im glad someone was recording . this stuff is getting out of hand and a reason why some are unbothered by what may happen to them.

    • RoniV

      I hope so Sandra, but it may not be open and shut if they use the "feared for my life defense" based on something THEY say the perp did prior to the video. It seems to work in the majority of cases, and since it's Texas I almost expect them to walk.

    • Jackie Byrd

      Me too i keep scrolling pass the stories that talk about the killing of people by the police not that i am becoming desensitized by it but because it is sickening and we know nothing is going to happen. its like the police got a legal right to kill and be justified but when they get shot and killed they find, try and make sure they throw away the key with the killer. really tired of this.

    • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

      STAY VIGILANT.

    • Wakando Shamar Taylor

      Police still not learning video cameras are everywhere!

    • Bede Robinson

      The KKK has really shown their true colors. They no longer wear white sheets, they are dressed up in blue uniforms with a gun and license to kill. Whats more alarming is they are placed on paid leave after they have committed a crime,. Where is the justice for this United Snakes of America?.

    • Bonny

      Flores,Vasquez,Sanchez...

    • I cAll ThE sHoTs…

      My father passed the mental eaval and he is a psychopath

    • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

      I think it always have been there. Technology pulled it to the forefront.

    • SpiceGirl

      I guess the taser didnt work?! smfh

    • SpiceGirl

      they dont care because THE BLUEWALL will cover it up for them!