/Arizona police officers on leave after watching man drown in lake | USA TODAY

Arizona police officers on leave after watching man drown in lake | USA TODAY


Police footage shows a man walking into an Arizona lake before he went under and did not resurface. The video provided by the city of Tempe includes faces that have been blurred.

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Three police officers in Arizona are on administrative leave amid an investigation into their response after a man jumped into a lake and drowned last month despite repeatedly pleading for help, newly released footage and records show.

According to a transcript of the footage provided by the city, Sean Bickings, 34, told police in Tempe, Arizona, he was drowning and begged officers for help. Authorities said Bickings, whom city officials described as an “unsheltered” member of the Tempe community, apparently jumped into the lake in an attempt to evade police after officials did a background check and found three outstanding warrants.

Body camera footage and a video transcript were released to The Arizona Republic, part of the USA TODAY Network, by Tempe officials on Monday. Police released an edited, incomplete video of the May 28 incident because it contained “sensitive material,” the video states. https://bit.ly/3znMiQ2

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