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Poignant image emerges from Phoenix protest
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Poignant image emerges from Phoenix protest

In this Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 photo, a Phoenix police officer in riot gear talks with Aiyana Rains, 9, the daughter of Rumain Brisbon, as she participates with hundreds of protesters headed towards police headquarters to demand transparency in the case that left her father dead following a confrontation with a police officer on Dec. 2. Grasping her hand, the officer said, "I'm sorry." (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Nick Oza)

PHOENIX — A poignant image has emerged from protests over a deadly police shooting in Phoenix.

The 9-year-old daughter of Rumain Brisbon was among those attending a demonstration Monday in downtown Phoenix as protesters pushed for greater transparency in the investigation.

The Arizona Republic reports a police officer in riot gear shook the daughter’s hand and said “I’m sorry.” The newspaper also captured an image of the encounter.

When asked about the gesture, the attorney for Brisbon’s family, Marci Kratter, said it was “nice, but it does not bring back her father.” She says, “It doesn’t change things.”

Police were investigating complaints of drug dealing in a Phoenix neighborhood when officer Mark Rine shot Brisbon. The officer mistook a pill bottle in the suspect’s pocket for a gun as the two scuffled.

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