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Video is released of 1st fatal NYPD shooting since bodycams

Video is released of 1st fatal NYPD shooting since bodycams

This was the first officer-involved fatal shooting recorded by police body cameras since the NYPD started equipping officers with them in April.

The department published the approximately 16-minute compilation video of the incident Thursday afternoon, stitching together footage from the responding officers' body cameras.

Another man the police identified as Richards' friend can be heard on the video begging Richards to drop the knife.

The footage was released publicly over the objection of Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, who said she supported the need for transparency but wanted the video withheld until she had completed an investigation into the shooting.

"I don't want to shoot you if you have a fake gun in your hand". Eventually, after Richards doesn't comply, the officer draws his gun. "Drop that gun to the floor".

The visit ended with Richards, armed with a small knife and a toy gun with a laser scope, being engaged in an hour-long standoff with the police from inside the apartment before the cops took him down with some 16 shots being fired.

The police encounter with Mr. Richards, 31, began after his landlord asked the police to come to the building in the Edenwald neighborhood to check on Mr. Richards, who the landlord said had not been seen for some time.

"I don't want to shoot you".

About 15 minutes in, the officers notice that Richards has a gun behind his back.

"He's got a gun?" one asks.

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Richards appears to raise his hand and the gun - which turned out to be fake - and then one officer fired his stun gun and the other two officers opened fire, killing Richards. I'm begging you brother.

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said the video exonerated his officers.

The NYPD's police union president Pat Lynch also said the tape should not have been released because it "sets a unsafe precedent that jeopardizes police officers' due process rights", the New York Post reported.

The officers have not been charged, though the Bronx District Attorney's Office is reviewing the incident.

The NYPD has said it would evaluate each instance on a case-by-case basis.

According to police, officers from the 47th Precinct went to 3700 Pratt Ave. on a wellness check after getting a call from a landlord who reported not seeing Richards for a couple of days.

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association warned against releasing the footage.

Gomez said they were releasing the images for transparency reasons.

In this September 6, 2017 image taken from a New York Police Department officer's body camera video, three officers train two firearms and a Taser on Miguel Richards in his New York City apartment.


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