Police Watch Man Die in Arizona Lake

This is a story that sounds absolutely horrible on the surface, but it is a bit more complicated than that headline.

After what happened in Uvalde, TX, the actions of the police are under a microscope all over the country.

The initial reports of what happened in Tempe, AZ, are not going to help, but as I said, it is complicated.

Not Helping

This interaction started out innocently enough.

Officers responded to a call of a fight between two individuals and went to investigate.

When police arrived, Sean Bickings, 34, a local homeless man, and his companion denied anything had happened.

The city’s statement read, “When officers arrived, they spoke to Bickings and his companion, who cooperated fully and denied that any physical argument had taken place.

“Neither were being detained for any offense.

“Officers told the couple they were running their names through a database used to check whether people have outstanding arrest warrants; this is a standard procedure.”

The bodycam footage shows the officers having a cordial conversation with the man when he suddenly climbs over the rail and gets into the lake.

The officers warned him, but he kept going in and eventually swam away…

As that video cuts off, an officer tells Bickings to come back to the pylon, but he responds, “I can’t, I can’t.”

Another officer tells him, “Okay, I’m not jumping in after you.”

Not long after that, Bickings went under and never resurfaced.

The city statement explained, “That check had not yet been completed when Bickings decided to slowly climb over a 4-foot metal fence and enter the water.

“Officers informed him swimming is not allowed in the lake.

“He swam about 30-40 yards before repeatedly indicating he was in distress. He soon went under and did not resurface.”

All three of the responding officers have been put on paid leave pending an investigation into the drowning.

I am curious to hear what you guys think about this one.

Were the officers wrong for not jumping in or do you think this man brought about drowning upon himself?

Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Source: Fox News

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11 Responses

  1. The man brought this on himself. He was told swimming wasn’t allowed but he chose to ignore the officers and keep swimming. He climbed the rail, jumped in, started swimming, and ignored the officers warning. Bad decisions have consequences.

  2. It sounds like the man who jumped knew he had an outstanding warrant, and did not want to go back to jail. I think the officers were right not to go in after him.

  3. As the Officer said “It is unlawful to swim in the lake. Had the Officer went in after the man he would have been breaking the Law. Not a good thing either way.

  4. OKAY HERES THE REAL DEAL !!!
    If you go into the water to save a drowning man he will kill you both pushing down on top of his savior .
    Never risk your life in uncertain situations.

  5. It may have been the homeless man’s intention to take a cop down with him. It would be a difficult decision to make in light of the fact the officers told him swimming in the lake was not allowed and the report wasn’t back yet. The homeless man may have been a killer good with knives or hand combat.

  6. Only the idiot liberals are outraged because a police officer did not die. There is no law, except in the minds of demorats and libs, that an officer needs to drown to try save and a person who made the decision to jump into the lake instead of going to jail. Not long ago a person jumped into Rio Grande to try and recuse illegal aliens coming across the border into the US and drowned attempting a rescue. I didn’t see or hear of a single liberal or democrat feel sorry for that young man.

  7. The Officer was not WRONG, that guy ignored him so it’s pretty obvious that the guy was guilty of something if the officer went in the water most likely he would of been in Distress with no back up to help him

  8. Even if one of the officers had training as a lifeguard by the time they divested their vest gunbelt etc. the man would have been beyond reach/gone under/dead. I’ll bet he had warrants and in his addled state of mind though he could get away by swimming to the other side.

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