The attack, which was perpetrated by an 18-year-old man named Hamed who tried to murder a police officer, was terror related but the sheriff tried to keep the public evidence hidden.
However, a judge has overruled the attempted cover up and ordered the evidence released, because that is what Arizona law stipulates.
“The release of the footage and two 911 calls comes as a result of Maricopa County Superior Judge Sally Duncan’s order on Tuesday. The Arizona Republic and several other media outlets had sued over the county’s effort to seal the documents.
“Duncan told a prosecutor for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, which represents the Sheriff’s Office, at a court hearing that they must release the records as soon as possible unless he had specific reasons to withhold the videos, 911 calls, police report and a probable-cause statement.”
As of Thursday, the report and the probable-cause statement still had not been released.
Hamed called a 911 operator twice asking to speak to a deputy on the night of the attack, and told operators he had a knife and some rocks.
“My name is Ismail Hamed,” according to the 911 call recordings. “I live in Fountain Hills, and I’m owing my allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. I just want a cop to come real quick and I want to deal with them.”
Wells’ on-body-camera footage shows him approaching the terrorist. Hamad told the officer he wanted to talk about a political issue, but when Wells asks for his ID, Hamed throws rocks and brandished his knife.
Wells pointed his gun at Hamed and repeatedly warned him to back off and drop his knife. He even explained that he’d have to shoot.
“Shoot me,” Hamed told Wells. Wells then fired twice.
According to the indictment, Hamed “intentionally or knowingly did provide advice, assistance, direction or management” to the terrorist organizations Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.
“But neither the Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, who is also part of the investigation, nor the County Attorney’s Office have provided any details indicating how Hamed may be connected to a terrorist organization or what plans he had to carry out a terrorist attack.”
The FBI has previously said Hamed was born in the U.S, but many people have scant confidence in anything the FBI says.
“FBI Special-Agent-In-Charge Michael DeLeon, who was present at Thursday’s news conference, didn’t answer a question about whether Hamed would face any federal terrorism charges.”
Under Arizona law, the body-cam videos, 911 calls, police report and probable-cause statement are public records, but Penzone apparently ignored that law, without providing any evidence for the deviation of the law, to protect the ‘public.’
“In court records filed in January, the County Attorney’s Office argued the material shouldn’t be released because they contained information related to a federal investigation.
“The Republic, and other local news organizations, including the Associated Press, Channel 12 (KPNX-TV); Channel 5 (KPHO-TV); Channel 3 (KTVK-TV) and Channel 15 (KNXV-TV), asked a judge to have the records released.
However, the judge sided with the agencies demanding the Sheriff obey the law.
Warning: video shows violence despite the fact that many outlets have claimed that the ‘conversation’ escalated because of Wells.