Cops Say San Antonio Station is Putting Police in Danger

Some are praising KSAT for uploading amateur video of a police-involved shooting.

The police are saying that the station is putting cops lives in danger. 

"Broadcasting a man's death for $100 has sparked threats to our deputies' lives," the Bexar County Sheriff's Office said in a tweet that urged people to call the TV station and complain.

The video shows Gilbert Flores being shot and killed by police officers who responded to a domestic disturbance call coming from his home last Friday. 

According to the authorities, Flores resisted arrest and nonlethal techniques were used before guns were drawn. 

KSAT said it received the video from a witness, Michael Thomas, who recorded it from a distance. The station's managers initially decided not to show the moment of the shooting.

But that changed on Monday after the sheriff's office and the district attorney's office said they were aware of the video and confirmed Flores's identity. 

"Now that there is an ongoing investigation by both agencies, and following additional discussions within our newsroom, KSAT 12 News has decided to make the entire video available online," the station said.

"Today, members of our local media chose to broadcast online unedited video of a man's death," the office wrote in a Facebook post Monday night. "KSAT 12 paid a neighbor who filmed the tragedy $100 for the exclusive rights to the video. As a result, people from outside our community have bombarded us with inappropriate comments, and today, physical threats toward our deputies." 

Calling the station's act "unethical and sad," the Facebook post provided a telephone number for KSAT and said people should "let the local media know this sort of sensational behavior doesn't fly in Bexar County."

In the video the man appears to be shot after putting his hands up.