Video shows family of Christian street performers in deadly brawl with Arizona cops

This Friday, authorities released a police dashcam video showing a huge brawl between Arizona police officers and a family of Christian street performers, that ended with a 21 year-old man dead.

This Friday, authorities released a police dashcam video showing a huge brawl between Arizona police officers and a family of Christian street performers, that ended with a 21 year-old man dead.

Police say that the incident began when they responded to a report of a female Walmart employee being physically assaulted as she tried to enter a restroom. When the fight broke out, a man named Enoch Gaver grabbed Sgt. Jeremy Daniels’ gun and shot him, causing another officer to return fire.

From NBC News:

The brawl broke out when eight officers from the Cottonwood Police Department responded to a call on Saturday, March 21 that a female Walmart employee had been physically assaulted when trying to enter a store restroom, according to a statement from police. When officers arrived, the suspects — identified by police as members of the Gaver family — were in the parking lot attacking a second store employee, and immediately began attacking officers who tried to break up the melee, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said.

The newly released video appears to show officers and suspects punching and kicking one another, and officers using Tasers, batons and pepper spray on several members of the Gaver family. An officer identified as Sgt. Jeremy Daniels appears to be on the ground in a struggle with a suspect over the officer’s weapon. An officer identified as Officer Rick Hicks appears to shoot one man in the stomach before fatally shooting a man on top of Daniels.


Clockwise, from top left: David, Jeremiah, Nathan, Ruth and Peter Gaver.

“The officers did a very good job of restraining themselves,” Cottonwood Police Chief Jody Fanning said in an interview with The Arizona Republic. “I have no reason why [the Gavers] decided to fight us.”

The Gaver family are based in Idaho and are a well-known group of street performers who play in an acoustic band called Matthew 24 Now.

Watch a report on the story from NBC News in the video below:



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    April 11, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Good ole Christians. You can count on their hypocrisy!

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    April 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I am totally against some of the police brutality that has been going on in this country but I applaude these police. Their patience was amazing. They had every right to shoot every last one of those idiots that were hitting and kicking them! Who knows when one of them was going to pull a knife….and the idiots screaming you’re hitting children? Those were some pretty damn big children.

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    Carl Reese

    April 11, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Good for the police. Fundamental Christians are extremists, absolutely no different than the Taliban or ISIS, they pervert religion for their own agenda. They should all be treated as terrorists.

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    John Tucker

    April 11, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    This was not police brutality. They were fighting the police every step of the way. Anyone else would have been summarily tased and shot.

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    Dana Everhart

    April 11, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    accommodations to all those officers…

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    Fred Reames

    April 11, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Who was the big guy i the t-shirt that was hitting members of the family. He was taken away by a lady toward the end. He didn’t look like a cop but was keeping it going.

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    April 12, 2015 at 12:39 am

    They aren’t Christians. If they were there would have never been a fight.

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    April 12, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Prob the 2nd employee being attacked in the lot mentioned in the article.

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    Wardogs Athletics

    April 12, 2015 at 3:34 am

    I saw another article that said they were the store employees.

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    April 12, 2015 at 4:28 am

    Although I think these officers had tremendous restraint, in a very dangerous situation, I wonder how quickly firearms would have been used. And, what the death toll would have been, had this group been a family of darker skin tone… Sad.

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    April 12, 2015 at 4:29 am


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    April 12, 2015 at 4:47 am

    And God made us in His own image.

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    April 12, 2015 at 6:00 am

    That was WalMart security.

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    Melanie Vorhees

    April 12, 2015 at 6:28 am

    The police did a good job and this family looks nuts!

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    David Bowes

    April 12, 2015 at 8:43 am

    In fact. bizarre -When serious general violence begins the two young men/huge children foreground are horsing around -doing real damage to each other, but unconcerned. It’s a regular thing -confrontations the family seems used to, & used to walking away from

    An american “Outland”:

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    random mouse (@anoynamouse)

    April 12, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    I love how the one guy is yelling…”you’re hitting children!”…hahahahaha.

    WHo is the civilian in the olive shirt who is hitting other Gavars? Is he one of them or an undercover cop?

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    Mikey Snot

    April 12, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Jesus didn’t come to help them.

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    April 12, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    He is the walmart security guard. The cottonwood police dep. gave him a medal.

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    April 12, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    The civilian is the walmart security guard. The cottonwood police dep. gave him a medal.

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    April 12, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Wow ,did we see the same video ? the dashcam shows the cops were out of their car for 2 seconds, (not even asking the first responder,who appeared to have some control, what the hell is going on)and just started wailing away ,never once acting as a peace officer(their words,not mine) Adrenaline hits and its off to the wailing.

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    April 12, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    He is an employee of Walmart in Loss Prevention. The Chief of Police made a point of thanking him during the news conference saying his officers would have been overwhelmed without his assistance.

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    April 13, 2015 at 6:32 am

    How come none of the cops are trying to give first-aid to the civilian? Not even after the cop that was injured was taken away. Are civilian lives so worthless?

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    April 13, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    I saw a lot of unnecessary restraint here. After the Gavers shot the officer. For me it would have been on the ground, or I shoot. They would have complied after the 5th shot, family wasn’t big enough to need more.

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