For the 1st time, NYPD releases body cam video of fatal OIS

The victim of a police shooting in NY was ordered repeatedly to drop his knife and show his hands before cops killed him with 16 shots, a just-released body-cam video shows. Clark said although she supported NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill's decision for maintaining transparency in his work by releasing the footage, releasing of videos during investigation compromised its integrity, WABC reported. Richards pointed his fake gun with a laser pointer at the officers, who fired both the stun gun and their weapons. "Put your hands up dude, it's not a joke".

Although officers reportedly told Richards to drop the knife 44 times, critics are saying that the officers did not do enough to defuse the situation. "We don't really know whether having body cameras is changing officer behavior or if it is changing public or suspect behavior like that's an open question".

The footage shows officers opening fire and killing a man who they said was armed with a knife and a fake gun in the Bronx borough on September 6.

Richards does not say a word during the entire sequence of events, which includes his landlord and two friends imploring him to cooperate with police.

You can also hear a man who Chief of Department Carlos M. Gomez said was a friend of Richards repeatedly begging him to drop his knife while he stands impassively. According to Gothamist, police had gone to Richards' home for a wellness check after his landlord expressed concern about him. "I don't want to shoot you if you have a fake gun in your hand". He did not say anything during the entire standoff and he did not comply with the officers' orders.

Another law enforcement source said police wanted to be as transparent as they could be about the release of the recordings, which is within their purview.

Experts had mixed reactions to the footage, with some even expressing reservations over the release of the footage before the investigation was completed. "It is my position that the footage be released after the investigation is completed", Clark said. All patrol officers in the precinct were outfitted with body cameras in July.

"There must be a public and transparent process to create clear rules that dictate how and when body camera footage is released in the future", the CCR said in a statement.

In Chicago, footage must be released within 60 days. Lynch also claimed that the release could endanger the officers and their families, saying it "will expose the police officers involved to a very real and substantial risk of harassment, reprisals and threats to their safety and the safety of their families".

Vanessa Coleman

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