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U.S. NEWS: TEMPE, A.Z.
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34-year old, Sean Bickings, reportedly drowned in a reservoir, as three Tempe, Arizona Police Officers watched the man drown. A report from The Guardian said, newly published body-cam video provide video of the incident and also a transcript of the entire incident and interaction between police officers and the drowning victim, Sean Bickings.
Police reportedly responded to a reported argument between a woman and a man on May 28th at around 5 a.m. As police approached, a female, who identified herself as Bickings’ wife, told police that the two were heaving a disagreement, but Bickings was not being violent.
The two responding officers then approached Bickings as he sat on a bench near the bridge. A third officer stood by and watched. After talking to Bickings for a few minutes, police ran the couples’ names through the system, in search of any active bench warrants or other violations.
At around 5:12 a.m., Bickings climbed over a short, metal fence between the boardwalk and the water. As Bickings walked toward the water, he asked the officers “am I free to go”? One of the officers responds ” You can’t swim in the lake, man”. Bickings then entered the water and began to swim away. At that point one officer asks another, “how far do you think he’s going to be able to swim”?
Shortly afterward, Bickings can be heard saying “I;m going to drown. I’m going to drown”. The officers’ response was, “No, you’re not”. When Bickings told officers again, that he was going to drown, one officer responded “Ok, I’m not jumping in after you”. At one point, Bickings distressed wife, begged police to help. Police reportedly told her to get off the bridge, and threatened to put her in a police car.
“If you don’t calm down, I’m going to put you in my car.” The officer reportedly told Bickings’ wife.
The body of Sean Bicking was pulled from the water at about 11:30 a.m. on May 28th. He was pronounced dead at the scene.