POLICE BRUTALITY: Brazilian student who ‘stole packet of cookies’ dies after being Tasered by Australian police
Chasing a suspected shoplifter across a city street, this is the moment a police officer fatally shoots a student with a Taser gun.
Brazilian Roberto Laudisio, 21, had allegedly stolen a packet of cookies from a convenience store in Sydney.
CCTV footage filmed in a nearby shop shows a man, said to be Mr Laudisio, running with a number of policemen in pursuit.
One officer then aims what looks like a Taser gun at the man, who is at that time off-screen.
Witnesses claim the Brazilian was shouting ‘Help me!’ as officers pinned him to the ground.
He stopped breathing and died at the scene.
Mr Laudisio had gone into the King Street convenience store at about 5.30am on Sunday and asked the cashier for help because someone was trying to kill him, according to Australia’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.
When the cashier refused, Mr Laudisio allegedly stole a packet of cookies and ran out.
The shirtless student was then chased onto nearby Pitt Street by police, who said they used pepper spray to try and subdue him before shooting him with a Taser gun.
The bare-chested student was Tasered by police three times, according to the Daily Telegraph. Officers claim they believed that Mr Laudisio had a weapon because he kept on getting back up and fending them off.