by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
Glendale, AZ — It was supposed to be a Snapchat organized drive-in party in an industrial part of Glendale, AZ long after the businesses closed for the week. But what started off as a great idea to meet up in cars and groups ended with one 17-year-old high school student being gunned down by police early Sunday morning. Levy Isaac Madueno Santibanez was shot after apparently ignoring police commands to disperse. Part of the incident was captured on video and it is nothing short of horrifying.
A family member of 17-year-old Levy Santibanez shared this photo with me. A Glendale police officer shot the teen four times at a warehouse party where GPD responded to multiple shots fired. Police say Santibanez had a gun on him but it’s unknown if he used it. #fox10phoenix pic.twitter.com/m33s3gsni0
— Justin Lum Fox 10 (@jlumfox10) October 14, 2019
Friends of the victim say he was holding his cell phone which police mistook for a gun. They claim he was running away from the police when the officer shot him in the back. Glendale PD claims the teen had a gun, had been firing into the crowd, and it was found on his person following the shooting.
“The cop saw Levy run away and he shot him five times in the back,” Melanie Ruiz, 18, told The Arizona Republic.”
Dozens of teens took video of police shooting 17-year-old Levy Madueno Santibañez after Glendale officers responded to a party https://t.co/ApWCw3xuHV via @azcentral
— Dianna M. Náñez 🌵🏜 (@DiannaNanez) October 16, 2019
Levy Isacc Madueno Santibanez was shot to death by a still unnamed Glendale police officer who has only been with the department for 4 years. In shaky cellphone footage, the officer can be seen firing at the teen with his rifle. The irresponsible nature of firing multiple shots with an AR-15 into a crowd of teenagers cannot be understated. Witnesses also claim the only people shooting guns at the party were the police at around 2am on Friday.
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“Police say the officer fired his department-issued rifle four times at one of the people actively firing a handgun. That person has been identified at 17-year-old Levy Isacc Madueno Santibanez. Despite medical aid, he died on the scene.”https://t.co/2jqhAMtcBW
— Ian Eggleston (@IanKentEgg) October 15, 2019
Immediately following the officer-involved shooting which left Santibanez dead, Glendale PD deemed the party an “illegal party” and claimed there were multiple reports of shots being fired, although the teens say it was just their cars and mufflers backfiring. Multiple teenage witnesses claim Santibanez was unarmed and was no threat to responding officers.
Glendale police said they recovered a gun from Santibanez after he shot into the crowd at the party. However, witnesses dispute this story and if Santibanez was firing into a crowd, someone would have likely been struck, but they were not. What’s more, police have already changed their original version of events. Originally a department spokeswoman said Santibanez also shot at the Glendale officer, but then police changed their story and admitted that this never happened.