Widow of man killed by Mesa officer speaks out

- There are some stunning allegations coming from the widow of a man shot and killed by Mesa Police in January.

Laney Sweet, the widow of Daniel Shaver says a source told her attorney about an expletive allegedly etched in Officer Phillip Mitchell Brailsford's AR-15 patrol rifle.

"There was a personal inscription on the officers gun... it says you're (expletive)," said Laney Sweet.

Sweet says she was upset to hear about the alleged etching on the rifle. The 25-year-old officer faces 2nd-degree murder charges in the death of Shaver. It all happened at the La Quinta hotel on January 18. Brailsford was responding to a call of a man with a rifle, the officer shot and killed Shaver, who turned out to be unarmed.

She says the etching made her, even more, angrier.

"You should definitely not have anything etched on it where it makes it sound like you're out to get someone," said Sweet.

The Mesa Police Department says its' policy is clear; there are to be no modifications of any kind permitted on service weapons. It says after looking at the entire situation; it is recommending that Officer Brailsford's employment be terminated.

Sweet has filed a $35 million lawsuit against the Mesa Police Department over the death of her husband; she agrees Brailsford should be fired.

"At the very least I think he should be fired, he not only broke their standard of protocol by not having personal weapons with inscriptions on them, but he also murdered my husband. I think at the very least that is a starting point of justice is for him not to be a police officer," said Sweet.

Brailsford is currently on supervised release and has been barred from possessing a firearm. He pleaded not guilty in the shooting of Shaver.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office, which is prosecuting Brailsford, has declined to release video of the shooting from Brailsford's body camera.


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