Dashcam videos depicting unarmed 34-year-old Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino being fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers were finally released Tuesday following a long-awaited judge’s order.

Judge Stephen V. Wilson unsealed the footage so the public could see what led the city of Gardena to pay $4.7 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Diaz-Zeferino’s family and another man wounded in the shooting, following a report of a bicycle theft in the early morning of June 2, 2013.

In the graphic footage, “Police are shown with guns drawn approaching Diaz Zeferino and two other men standing by a pavement. The officers order them to raise their hands. They comply. Diaz Zeferino then lowers and raises his hands several times and removes his cap, apparently confused. Three officers open fire, killing him with eight bullets. They also wounded one of the other men,” The Guardian writes.

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–Posted by Roisin Davis

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