Pedro Pierre’s sister, Guilaine Jean, and his entire family is devastated. They say the video does not represent their loved one — a father of five, an entrepreneur and a one-time political candidate in Haiti.
“This is not my brother,” Jean said. “He was not a violent person. He was a good guy.”
Pierre’s daughter, Shania, said her father had a stroke a few years ago and suffered from medical problems ever since.
“I know my dad didn’t mean it,” she told CBS4’s Carey Codd. “He didn’t mean it at all. My dad, he had a mental health issue that nobody knew about and I wish the police knew about it before killing him.”
Pierre’s family wishes that the BSO deputy who shot and killed Pierre had tried other methods to stop him before resorting to the ultimate use of force.
“Why can’t they try another way? They have so many ways!” Jean said through tears.
“They didn’t have to kill him at all,” said his son, Ralph Fenelon. “They had tasers, they had other weapons. They didn’t have to shoot him.”