The meeting scheduled this week at Perez’ restaurant will include Brumley’s relatives, along with the relatives of another man who was shot by police in 2012. The organizers invited Hispanic leaders and community leaders.
A community activist, who asked that her name be withheld, said she attended a meeting with police in early February and asked about the case. Hix told her part of the incident was captured on a school security camera but that it was blurry, she said. The Weekly requested that video, along with the autopsy and police report, but all are being withheld until the investigation is completed.
The activist also inquired about the injured officer’s wounds. The detective told her he had a gouge on his upper thigh and that the knife had made a cut on the officer’s protective vest.
“I told Hix directly that the talk is the officer has just superficial wounds, and why was it necessary to take that action,” she said. “He said it wasn’t superficial, it was a significant wound.”
For more than a month now, Brumley’s family and friends and other members of the community have been provided with no explanations of what happened. Because the officer has not been identified, they have no way of knowing whether he has a sterling record or one salted with allegations of excessive force. No one is representing Brumley in asking that evidence be preserved or questions asked. In essence, the community has been given very little information on which to base their opinions and reactions.
The activist wants to recommend that a community relations officer go visit families of people who are killed by police, even in situations where a police officer is injured. Perez backs that idea. So does Jessica Castillo.
“If there is a video, and it shows that Daniel did something to provoke this, show me that,” Castillo said. “I don’t believe it. He didn’t want to die.
“I believe this officer just shot him down. Why take him behind the car? Why shoot him? Why did he wait until my son was dead before calling for backup?”
Brumley began posting rap songs to his YouTube channel several years ago, most of them about living the street life. But a year ago his approach changed, and he began characterizing his songs as “Jesus Music.”
He posted his most recent effort, “Wake Up,” a year ago. The lyrics describe a troubled man who expected to die before age 25 — until he discovered Jesus:
“Now I’m seeing crystal clear, the Lord’s my shepherd … Jesus brings you light.
“That’s right, Jesus brings you light / So why wait another minute to surrender your life?”