A drowned MAN begged officers to save him as chilling footage appears to show police refused to help.
Sean Bickings, 34, was found dead May 28 in Tempe Town Lake, Arizona.
According to Tempe city officials, he climbed over a fence and entered the water while officers conducted a background check.
Officers had been called to the scene just after 5 a.m. that morning over reports of a disturbance involving a couple, NBC News reported.
Both denied that there was an argument and that they had not been arrested, but officers processed their names on a database to see if they had any outstanding arrest warrants.
Bickings then climbed over a metal fence and was told that swimming in the lake was not allowed.
Police officers revealed he then swam about 30 to 40 meters before pleading he was in distress.
He told officers he was drowning, but one replied, “No, you’re not.”
An officer also said that according to the police log, they would not jump into the lake to help Bickings
Bickings continued to ask for help as officers urged him to swim to the pylon.
A witness, identified in a police transcript as his wife Susan, said: “Oh my god, he’s fine. stop, why are you doing this?”
Police urged them to speak to Bickings so he could get back to safety.
Susan replied, “I tried, I tried, that’s why I went there. I just saw him screaming for help in the water because I love you, him.”
Then she screamed, “Babe, babe. He’s drowning, he’s drowning.
“I’m just desperate because he’s drowning right in front of you and you’re not going to help.”
“I CAN’T LOSE HIM”
Susan said, “He’s all I have. I can’t lose him, he’s going to die.”
Rescuers from the firefighting team recovered his body and he was pronounced dead at around 11:30 a.m. local time.
Officials have confirmed that the three responding officers have been placed on routine paid administrative leave.
The Tempe Officers Association said: “No one wanted this incident to end like this.”
Representatives claimed that police officers do not receive water rescue training.
The union also said officers do not have the equipment needed to help people who are drowning.
Tempe City Manager Andrew Ching described Bickings’ death as a tragedy.
Officials have urged the Department of Public Safety and the Scottsdale Police Department to investigate the police response.
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