New Video Shows Beginning of Chase Before Police Shooting of Deaf Man

Daniel K. Harris Foundation(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- New video has emerged showing what is believed to be part of the chase that led to the police shooting of a deaf man on Aug. 18.

The footage is from cell phone video taken by a motorist who was stuck in traffic some distance away from the incident, according to ABC affiliate WSOC-TV, which obtained the footage.

The video appears to show a North Carolina Highway Patrol officer standing outside a car's driver-side door. Two other unknown men are standing in front of the car several feet away when, suddenly, the driver, who is believed to be Daniel Harris, 29, the victim of the shooting, backs up the vehicle, and then starts to move forward, driving away.

The trooper returns to his patrol car to pursue the vehicle, the video shows.

The new video fleshes out the circumstances of the police-involved shooting that has garnered national attention.

When the incident was first reported, police said Harris had been stopped for speeding on I-485. Police noted that after a brief pursuit, the suspect exited his vehicle, and a confrontation took place with officers, police said. One of those troopers fired a shot, police said, adding that Harris died at the scene.

The new video that has emerged appears to be of the traffic stop before the pursuit.

"At the request of the Highway Patrol, the State Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation into the shooting," the North Carolina Highway Patrol said in a statement after the initial report of the shooting.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol told ABC News Friday that they had no further comment to give about the shooting, or the video, because the shooting death of Harris was currently under investigation.

Harris' brother, Charles, said in a statement posted on Facebook immediately following the shooting that "my family and I don't understand why it had to happened."

He said his brother was "really scared" of cops because of publicized police confrontations with unarmed or black people.

"Worst thing is ... my brother Daniel is deaf. How he can communicate with polices [sic] and able to feel safe and protect himself from polices [sic]? My brother is UNARMED and still get shot by police," Charles Harris wrote in the statement.

The Ruderman Family Foundation, a philanthropic nonprofit group, published a study in March of 2016 claiming that half of all high-profile police-related shooting victims suffered from some form of disability.

Lawrence Carter-Long, a public affairs specialist with the National Council on Disability, and one of the co-authors of the Ruderman study, told ABC News that hearing-impaired people often search for someone who can speak sign language when confronted with a situation where they are not being understood, and that deafness is frequently misunderstood by police to be a sign of "non-compliance."

"Circumstances like this are a recipe for tragedy," Carter-Long said, referring to a person's disability being misinterpreted by police.

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Jane Sanders recalled how her husband -- Bernie Sanders, Democratic senator from Vermont and former presidential candidate -- once spent a night in jail with Gregory after protesting segregation in Chicago.

RIP Dick Gregory, a good & brave man. He & @SenSanders spent the night in jail together for protesting Chicago segregated schools in the 60s https://t.co/pYpMU34eOx

— Jane O'Meara Sanders (@janeosanders) August 20, 2017

Democratic National Committee vice chairman Keith Ellison posted a photo of himself with Gregory. "Thank you for giving yourself to all of us," he wrote.

Dick Gregory, may God Bless you and Keep you. Thank you for giving yourself to all of us. pic.twitter.com/Z1dLIvYuBn

— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) August 20, 2017

Activist and writer Shaun King posted pictures of Gregory as a young man. "Rest in power, good sir," King wrote.

Because many of you probably only knew Dick Gregory as an older man, I wanted to show you these young images.

Rest in power good sir. pic.twitter.com/ZayInokcaJ

— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 20, 2017

Singer John Legend called Gregory a "groundbreaker in comedy and a voice for justice."

Dick Gregory lived an amazing, revolutionary life. A groundbreaker in comedy and a voice for justice. RIP

— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 20, 2017

Some people posted excerpts from Gregory's memoir, "Callous on My Soul," such as when he wrote about a waitress in the South telling him that they "don't serve colored people."

White lady: We don't serve colored people here.

Dick Gregory: I don't eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken.

RIP Mr. Gregory😰 pic.twitter.com/t8dnuRJhBC

— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) August 20, 2017

Here is a sample of some other tweets paying tribute to Gregory and lamenting his passing.

Comedian Dick Gregory always told it like it is. Our laughter was fuel to fight for justice in an unjust world. RIP 1932-2017 pic.twitter.com/wpbdEkvny1

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) August 20, 2017

Marching w/ King. Sitting w/ Ali. Paving the way for our comedic greats. All while fighting for us.

Rest well Dick Gregory. #blkcreatives pic.twitter.com/GsfRTjHSuy

— #blkcreatives netwrk (@blkcreatives) August 20, 2017

He taught us how to laugh. He taught us how to fight.He taught us how to live.Dick Gregory was committed to justice.I miss him already. #RIP pic.twitter.com/3CfpM2O17D

— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) August 20, 2017

Rest In Peace to civil rights icon Dick Gregory. An inspiration. A hero. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/kIzeYMNjor

— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 20, 2017


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