Hordes of citizens with cameras watched New York City police officers gun down a knife-wielding man in Times Square Saturday afternoon.
At least one camera was confiscated.
And many other videos made it online. But from what I’ve seen so far, none of those videos captured the actual shooting. But I still haven’t seen them all.
The ones I’ve seen capture the sound of several gunshots but the videos were shot from too far away or were too fuzzy, too shaky or pointed in a completely different direction than the shooting.
One camera captured a man saying, “That was not a justified kill at all.”
However, in the video below, several witnesses say it was a justified shooting because the man with the knife was erractically thrusting and waving his knife towards people.
The one video that apparently captured the shooting was confiscated.
According to The New York Times:
Julian Miller, 22, who was visiting New York from Boston, said the police confiscated his phone after he recorded video of the confrontation. He said in an interview that he followed the pursuit from Times Square to 37th Street and Seventh Avenue, his phone recording as he ran to keep up. He said a police detective pulled him aside after the shooting and asked to see his phone and the video.
“His eyes got big when he saw the video,” Mr. Miller said, adding that he had captured the shooting on video. “He went to go show his boss, and then they took my phone away.” He said the officer told him not to speak with the news media.
They obviously didn’t want him to tell the media that police had confiscated his camera, something they can only do under exigent circumstances, which they probably can argue in this case, under the NYPD’s Operation Orders, which is not as thorough as other general orders we’ve seen.
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