Daniel Shaver Case | Attorneys for Freedom Law Firm

Daniel Shaver Case

Officer Philip Brailsford charged with Second Degree Murder

The widow of an unarmed man shot and killed by a Mesa police officer filed a wrongful death suit against the Mesa Police Department. The Attorneys for Freedom Law Firm in Chandler, Arizona filed the lawsuit on behalf of Laney Sweet, the widow of Daniel Shaver who was killed on January 18, 2016. The notice of claim asks for $35,000,000 and says police used excessive force when dealing with Daniel Shaver.

In January, police were called out to La Quinta Inn in Mesa after witnesses say they saw a man pointing a rifle out the window. When they were questioning Shaver, Mesa police say he wasn’t listening to commands. At one point, officers say they felt threatened and shot Shaver multiple times while he was crawling towards them. Shaver was pronounced dead at the scene. Shaver was not armed. The Police later found a pellet rifle in his room.

Shaver’s widow has hired Marc Victor, a Chandler attorney with The Attorneys for Freedom Law Firm to handle the case.

“You can’t just shoot someone because you heard they had a weapon. Even if you couldn’t see his hand, that’s not going to be good enough to use physical force to take someone’s life,” said Victor.

A suburban Phoenix police officer, Philip Mitchell Brailsford, of the Mesa Police Department was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Shaver, an unarmed Texas man.

“After carefully reviewing the relevant facts and circumstances, we have determined that the use of deadly physical force was not justified in this instance,” Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said in a statement.

Marc Victor, the attorney for Shaver’s widow, Laney Sweet, called the charges a “good first step” to ensuring that justice was served for the victim, his wife, and two young daughters.

“We expect that there will be a fair trial and we expect a just result,” he said.

Kira L.
Kira L.
22:12 02 Dec 21
This is my first time ever needing an attorney and my attorney was Kate and she did an amazing job... with my case! Kate took time to go through all of the evidence so she understood everything before going to court. Kate assistant Madalyn was also super helpful and very sweet! Anytime I called she was very understanding and helped me walk through the process when I did not understand something and always had an upbeat positive attitude! If I ever need an attorney again I will definitely being going back to Kate!read more
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Crystal P.
22:23 29 Nov 21
I was very happy with the result of my case. Kate and Faith were very professional and a pleasure... to work with.read more
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scott H.
20:05 29 Nov 21
Emma was very professional!
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