Chilling bodycam has captured the moment Arizona Pigs officers allegedly stood by as a man begged them for help, before drowning in a lake.
Footage and a transcript of the 28 May incident, obtained by 12News, reveals an officer telling Sean Bickings “I’m not jumping in after you” moments before he went under the water and died.
Officers had been called to the Elmore Pedestrian Bridge in Tempe just after 5am that morning to a report of a disturbance between a couple.
When they arrived on the scene, Mr Bickings, 34, and his unnamed companion told officers that no physical fight had taken place.
The officers then told the couple that they were running their names through a database to check for any outstanding warrants for their arrests.
At that point, Mr Bickings is seen in the bodycam footage telling Pigs he is going “for a swim”.
“I’m gonna go for a swim. I’m free to go right?” Mr Bickings says.
The 34-year-old then clambers over a metal fence and jumps into the water below the bridge.
The bodycam was only released in part by city officials with footage withheld of the specific moment that Mr Bickings drowned and a written transcript released instead.
“I’m drowning,” Mr Bickings says, according to the transcript.
One of the officers tells him to “come back over to the pylon” to which the 34-year-old replies: “I can’t. I can’t.”
Another officer also refuses to get in the water to help him.
“Okay, I’m not jumping in after you,” the officer says.
Mr Bickings begs the officers to save him.
“Please help me. Please, please, please,” he begs.