Two police officers on Tuesday killed 25-year-old Kajieme Powell after a report of a theft in St. Louis.
Powell was suspected of shoplifting drinks and donuts from a convenience store. He was acting erratically and allegedly had a knife in his pocket.
The video shows the officers pulled up to the sidewalk, where the video shows Powell walking up and down, with his right hand in the pocket of his sweatshirt.
Officers pull up in a squad car, exit and draw their weapons, and can be heard shouting indistinguishable instructions to Powell.
The victim can be heard shouting “Shoot me! Shoot me!” He retreats and then walks towards officers again, who fire on him.
He was killed four miles from Ferguson, Missouri, the scene of ongoing protests over the murder of Michael Brown, 18, who was shot to death by police on August 9.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said that both of the officers opened fire on Powell when he came within a three or four feet of them holding a knife “in an overhand grip.”
However, the footage undermines the statement, showing Powell approaching the cops, but not coming as close as was reported, with his hands at his side.
A witness said she did not believe the police needed to kill Powell.
“I think it was excessive. People said he had a knife but if he had a knife they could have shot him in the foot. Or Tasered him. They didn’t have to kill him,” she said. “I couldn’t believe my eyes, I have seen anything like that. I’ve never seen anyone get shot.”
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