St. Louis Police Release Video Of Kajieme Powell Killing At Odds With Official Story
(Article by M.B. David) CCN
Only a few miles away from where Mike Brown was gunned down, police just shot another African American man. At first the police claimed a LOT of things that seemed to make the shooting sound justified. But the cell phone video that just leaked has contradicted police statements at every turn.
After rumors of an earlier leak, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department decided to release cell phone footage Wednesday that contracts the official story of the police shooting of Kajieme Powell. Powell, a 25-year-old African American man was shot and killed on Tuesday in St. Louis.
A convenience store owner had called 911 Tuesday when he said that he suspected Powell stole drinks and donuts from his store. A second woman had called 911 saying that Powell was acting “erratically” and had a knife… in his pocket.
Two SLPD officers arrived in a police SUV in response to the calls. The cell phone video below shows that when the officers got out of their vehicle, Powell walked in their direction telling them to shoot him “already.”
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said that both of the officers who responded had opened fire on Powell when he came within a three or four feet of them holding a knife in what police claimed was “an overhand grip.”
But the cell phone footage that was just released contradicts this statement, showing Powell approaching the cops, but not nearly as close as was reported. Furthermore, his hands are clearly at his sides.