GRAPHIC: Body camera footage of fatal RPD shooting outside Open Door Mission released | WHEC.com

GRAPHIC: Body camera footage of fatal RPD shooting outside Open Door Mission released

GRAPHIC: Body camera footage of fatal RPD shooting outside Open Door Mission released

WHECTV
Updated: March 11, 2021 06:51 PM
Created: March 10, 2021 08:38 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The City of Rochester released body-worn camera footage from the officer-involved shooting of a man who police say charged at an officer with a large knife.

The city released videos of the incident Wednesday night, including the body-worn camera footage, surveillance footage from the Open Door Mission, and a third angle.

The city blurred the man out of the video because as of Wednesday night, they have not publically identified him or notified his family.

WARNING: Graphic content. Rochester Police and the City of Rochester provided this bodycam footage to us with blurs already edited on it. We made no edits to the video. 

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Watch the video in the player below to hear Professor Nikki Jones, a leading researcher on policing and violence, analyze what she saw on the body camera footage:

The incident happened outside of the Open Door Mission on W Main Street at around 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Rochester Police Captain Mark Mura said the man had grabbed the knife from inside a bucket in the Open Door Mission's kitchen but had left the building by the time officers got there.

Mura said when officers found the man, he was cutting himself with the knife and making threats to kill officers.

Police requested an officer with a taser, but Mura said the man "moved forward" at police with the knife when he says an officer shot at the man five times, hitting him at least once, in the upper body.

City officials said the police involved have been put on administrative leave while the case is investigated.


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