New video footage from a cell phone camera at the scene of a deadly shooting by two St. Louis Metropolitan police officers two days ago strongly betrays the depiction of the killing given by the department in the aftermath of the incident.
Kajieme Powell, a 25-year-old black man was shot and killed by police on Tuesday just miles from where ongoing street protests in response to the August 9th killing of a black unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, have garnered international attention. Following the death of Powell on Tuesday, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson claimed the shooting was justified because the man was brandishing a knife—”with an overhand grip” and making swiping motions—as he approached the two officers on the scene.
However, the new footage taken by a civilian bystander but released by the department late Wednesday shows that although Powell appeared agitated, his hands were at his sides and does not appear to be as close as stated when the officers opened fire with lethal force.
The following video contains the Chief Dotson’s initial depiction of the shooting and then the new cell phone footage of the moments leading up to the shooting and the shooting itself. [Warning: Graphic content]:
An extended version of the cell phone video shows additional minutes that preceded the arrival of the police which shows, despite his agitation and yelling, that Williams is not threatening passersby or brandishing a weapon. [Warning: Graphic content]:
According to the Guardian:
As the video makes clear, a mere twenty seconds went by from the time the officers arrived on the scene and shots were fired.
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