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Hours before protest, Phoenix police release name of officer who killed unarmed drug suspect

  • In this photo taken on Thursday evening, Dec. 4, 2014, the Rev. Jarrett Maupin, a Phoenix leader in the Black community, speaks at Civic Space Park during a rally/ march to Phoenix Police headquarters which he organized to protest the police killing of Rumain Brisbon, an unarmed black man. The mother and girlfriend of Brisbon, an unarmed drug suspect fatally shot by a Phoenix police officer who mistook a pill bottle for a gun, do not want the incident to become about race. The deadly shooting Tuesday, Dec. 2, of  Brisbon, 34, demonstrates the challenges law enforcement agencies face at a time of unrest over police tactics. Phoenix police say the officer, who is white, feared the suspect was armed during their struggle, but some critics say the officer went too far. Despite the department's efforts to be transparent with information, protesters marched Thursday night. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans )  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

    In this photo taken on Thursday evening, Dec. 4, 2014, the Rev. Jarrett Maupin, a Phoenix leader in the Black community, speaks at Civic Space Park during a rally/ march to Phoenix Police headquarters which he organized to protest the police killing of Rumain Brisbon, an unarmed black man. The mother and girlfriend of Brisbon, an unarmed drug suspect fatally shot by a Phoenix police officer who mistook a pill bottle for a gun, do not want the incident to become about race. The deadly shooting Tuesday, Dec. 2, of Brisbon, 34, demonstrates the challenges law enforcement agencies face at a time of unrest over police tactics. Phoenix police say the officer, who is white, feared the suspect was armed during their struggle, but some critics say the officer went too far. Despite the department's efforts to be transparent with information, protesters marched Thursday night. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans ) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • 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)

    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)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, people protest during a rally near Phoenix Police headquarters to protest the police killing of Rumain Brisbon, an unarmed black man. The mother and girlfriend of Brisbon, an unarmed drug suspect fatally shot by a Phoenix police officer who mistook a pill bottle for a gun, do not want the incident to become about race. The deadly shooting Tuesday, Dec. 2, of  Brisbon, 34, demonstrates the challenges law enforcement agencies face at a time of unrest over police tactics. Phoenix police say the officer, who is white, feared the suspect was armed during their struggle, but some critics say the officer went too far. Despite the department's efforts to be transparent with information, protesters marched Thursday night. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans )  MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES

    In this photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, people protest during a rally near Phoenix Police headquarters to protest the police killing of Rumain Brisbon, an unarmed black man. The mother and girlfriend of Brisbon, an unarmed drug suspect fatally shot by a Phoenix police officer who mistook a pill bottle for a gun, do not want the incident to become about race. The deadly shooting Tuesday, Dec. 2, of Brisbon, 34, demonstrates the challenges law enforcement agencies face at a time of unrest over police tactics. Phoenix police say the officer, who is white, feared the suspect was armed during their struggle, but some critics say the officer went too far. Despite the department's efforts to be transparent with information, protesters marched Thursday night. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Cheryl Evans ) MARICOPA COUNTY OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

Police on Tuesday released the name of a Phoenix police officer who shot and killed an unarmed drug suspect — a move that came just hours before activists and family members of the man planned a protest.

Officer Mark Rine, a seven-year veteran of the department, has been reassigned to non-enforcement duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation, police said.

Prosecutors will determine whether the 30-year-old officer will face criminal charges in the Dec. 2 shooting.

Police previously said 34-year-old Rumain Brisbon, who was black, was unarmed when he was shot by a white officer investigating a tip that Brisbon was doing a drug deal inside an SUV in the parking lot of his apartment complex.

Brisbon failed to obey the officer's commands and ran to an apartment where a struggle turned deadly, police said, noting that the officer mistook a pill bottle that Brisbon had been clutching in his pocket for the butt of a gun.

An autopsy has determined that Brisbon died from multiple gunshot wounds to his torso.

The Rev. Jarrett Maupin, a civil rights advocate, said he and friends and family members of Brisbon were planning a rally and march in downtown Phoenix unless police released the name of the officer involved.

A call to Maupin on Tuesday wasn't immediately returned.

Brisbon's 9-year-old daughter led hundreds of protesters to police headquarters on Monday night to demand transparency in the case.

The Arizona Republic reported that a police officer clad in riot gear shook the girl's hand and said, "I'm sorry."

The officer's gesture "was nice but it does not bring back her father. It doesn't change things," said Marci Kratter, an attorney for the Brisbon family.