A chilling cellphone video showing the moment cops opened fire and killed a black convenience store thief Tuesday contradicts the agency’s original report.
The owner of Six Star Market, located less than four miles from where Michael Brown was shot by police, called 911 Tuesday, when he suspected Kajieme Powell of stealing beverages and doughnuts, according to the Huffington Post. Powell left the store before officers arrived and was immediately reported a second time for acting erratically in the area with a knife, according to local TV station KMOV.
When officers arrived, they shot Powell, killing him as he approached the officers.
Originally, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said officers “had the right to defend themselves” against Powell, who he said came within three or four feet of the officers while holding the knife “in an overhand grip.”
But the cellphone video suggests Powell didn’t come as close to the officers as Dotson said and he had his hands at his side, according to the Huffington Post.
In the interest of transparency, the St. Louis Police Department released the video and the emergency call recordings, St. Louis Public Radio reported.
Still, Dotson continued to defend the officers’ response in a TV appearance Wednesday, telling KMOV “The officers did what I think you or I would do, they protected their life in that situation.”
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