NYPD Releases Body Cam Footage From Fatal Shooting For The 1st Time

NYPD Releases Body Cam Footage From Fatal Shooting For The 1st Time

The recording showed in the final moments Richards raising his right hand, which held what turned out to be a toy gun that flashed a red laser dot at the officers. The other officers open fired with their actual guns and Richards was dead. Ricardo I don't want to shoot you if you have a fake gun in your hand, do you hear me? In total, officers asked Richards to drop the knife 44 times.

In the footage, the officers keep repeating to him to put the knife down as they do not want to shoot him.

"The release of this footage sets a unsafe precedent that jeopardizes police officers' due process rights and confidentiality protections under state law", said PBA President Patrick J. Lynch.

They also released a almost 17-minute compilation of all the footage showing the extensive standoff with Richards, who remained mostly silent.

Richards' landlord, along with two friends of Richards', was also present during the standoff, begging Richards to listen to the cops. "Put your hand up and drop that knife".

The New York Civil Liberties Union said of the footage: "This video shows precisely why the public deserves to see the circumstances around police shootings".

John A. Eterno, a professor of criminal justice at Molloy College and a retired NY police captain, defended the officers' attitude during the incident. The lights are out and Richards is wearing sunglasses, holding a knife in one hand with his right hand behind his back. Murphy warned: "I will shoot you if that's a real gun".

Video does not clearly show it, but NYPD officials say Richards then aimed the gun at Ramos, painting him with its laser sight.

In a note to officers, NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said the department was releasing the footage because it was committed to being transparent.

In addition, Richards's landlord is heard on tape exhorting him to follow the officers' commands.

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

The NYPD, the largest city police department in the United States, has been slower than some other law enforcement agencies to adopt body cameras and only a fraction of its officers have them. Approximately 22,000 patrol officers will begin using the cameras by 2019, though now about 600 have them.

NYPD Chief of Department Carlos Gomez said the 16-minute footage comprises video from four officers who were wearing body cameras, which the NYPD started using earlier this year. In San Diego, the district attorney has said videos would not be released until her office has completed a review and only sections relevant to the investigation would be released.

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