Emotional photo captures officer apologizing to shooting victim's daughter

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Moment Officer Tells Shooting Victim's Daughter 'Sorry'

A moving image of a Phoenix police officer talking with the daughter of another unarmed police shooting victim has surfaced.

On December 2nd, a Phoenix police shot and killed 34-year-old Rumain Brisbon. The shooting took place when police were investigating complaints of a drug deal in a Phoenix neighborhood. The white officer who approached Brisbon thought he was holding a gun, but later found out it was a pill bottle.

Investigators say Brisbon refused to get on the ground and struggled with the officer when shots were fired.

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,

In response, hundreds of protesters took to the street Monday. The group headed toward police headquarters to demand transparency in the case. Among the protesters was the victim's daughter, nine-year-old Aiyana Rains.

The Arizona Republic reports that one of the police officers in riot gear shook the daughter's hand and said, "I'm sorry." The newspaper also captured this 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."

Last week, Aiyana penned an emotional letter to "the cop who killed my father."

"To the officer who killed my dad, let me tell you something -- you [hurt] three little girls that look up to their dad," wrote the devastated girl, named Aiyana.

"Did you ever think if he had kids, people important in his life?" She asked. "Now he won't be here for any important moments in our life."

Aiyana revealed her birthday is only two days before Christmas: "He's not going to be there."

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