Camera footage has shown an Arizona man who drowned in a lake while police stood by doing nothing.
Two police officers stood by while the man was helplessly calling for help. Officers had been called to the Elmore Pedestrian Bridge after a Downtown Tempe Authority ambassador reported a disturbance between Bickings and his partner.
According to News 12, Bickings and his partner cooperated with officers, who arrived just after 5am. They denied that any physical argument had occurred.
At that point, the officers don’t have a reason to be there,’ said Andy Anderson, a former assistant chief with Phoenix Police. None of the officers at the scene had a background in mental health, according to Anderson.
Bickings can be seen on the video climbing over a bar and walking down to the lake, saying, ‘I’m going for a swim. The officers, were aware the deceased cannot swim.
An officer tells Bickings that he can’t swim in the lake, but did not make any effort to stop him.
‘I’m going to drown. I’m going to drown,’ said Sean Bickings, 34, according to a transcript of video taken on May 28, when Bickings was struggling to stay afloat in a reservoir in Tempe, Arizona.
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