WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released cell phone footage Wednesday of the police shooting of Kajieme Powell, the 25-year-old black man killed on Tuesday in St. Louis.

According to St. Louis Public Radio, the police released the video Wednesday evening as part of an effort to be more transparent when it comes to violent incidents involving law enforcement. In addition to the cell phone footage, the department also released security camera footage of the alleged robbery, as well as the two 911 calls made to police.

Police were first called to the scene – less than four miles away from the spot Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, was killed – when a local store owner reported the 25-year-old Powell stole drinks and donuts from his shop, according to a recording of the 911 call. Another woman called to report Powell was acting erratically and had a knife in his pocket.

Two officers in a police SUV responded to the calls, the cell phone video shows. When the officers got out of their vehicle, Powell walked in their direction, yelling and telling them to shoot him already.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said Tuesday 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.”

But the newly released cell phone footage undermines the statement, showing Powell approaching the cops, but not coming as close as was reported, with his hands at his side. The officers began shooting within 15 seconds of their arrival, hitting Powell with a barrage of bullets.

Hear the 911 calls at St. Louis Public Radio.

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4 thoughts on “Witness Video In St. Louis Shooting Contradicts Official Statement [UPDATE]

  1. I saw the video and just couldn’t understand why they shot this guy.he appeared frightned of officers and just didn’t know what to do.i saw him handling something in his left hand but he never motioned his hand torward officers at all.he jumped on a piece of higher ground just standing and they just shot him up.they said he had a knife, I never saw a knife, but it appeared he had something. But he never directed it at them . I see calling backup and wrestling him to the ground, killing him was senseless. Common sense donwe have any anymore.these cop killings make you wonder.

  2. VBucGreen on said:

    I cannot comprehend how someone can be shot multiple times for allegedly shopping lifting drinks and donuts and allegedly had a knife. Black Life is worthless, Only in America.

  3. If the story has happenedin this way, that’s mean it is the right moment for civilians, to ask ‘’what isgoing on by now in America’’? In 2014, is just because some guys in uniform belongto whatever instance would be allowed to step on human dignity like this?According to the new details, the homicide of the officer Wilson and of coursethe wrong behavior of his squad toward the population apparently isn’t only aracial mishandling mime-drama it’s above all a Human Concern to correctstrictly nowadays. As a free speaking bystander, it seems this kind ofuniformed guys deserve to be sent to fighting in Afghanistan or Iraq, not in theUS territories. Wake up America! ———— Justice is not anexpression of encouragement; it’s more a mental dehydration becomes legallycommencing the undeniable or imperative necessities in the approach ofMississippi or Ferguson, even in St Louis expanses. Eligible for any society especially thatwhich is lacking such as Missouri, from yesteryear to the momentum. http://www.artnook.weebly.com

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