NYPD Releases Video Showing Deadly Police Shooting of Armed Bronx Man

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 15, 2017

After pleading with Miguel Richards, 31, to drop what they thought was a knife he was holding in his Edenwald apartment on September 6, cops opened fire after Richards, according to cops, raised what turned out to be a toy gun.

"Drop the knife, put your hand up, drop that knife, I don't want to shoot you, drop that knife", said NYPD Officer Mark Fleming of the 47th Precinct during the initial moments as he and follow officer Redmond Murphy confronted the knife-wielding Richards in the bedroom of his apartment.

Mr. Richards appears to say very little throughout the standoff. They also released a 17-minute long compilation of all the videos.

"Wanna take him down now?" an officer asks just before police gunned down Miguel Richards, video shows.

When officers arrived at the door, Mr. Richards met them with a knife in hand, according to a written account the Police Department released.

The shooting is the first recorded on NYPD body cameras, which are being worn by more and more officers over the coming months.

You can also hear a man who Chief of Department Carlos M. Gomez said was a friend of Richards repeatedly begging him to drop his knife while he stands impassively.

A still from the body camera footage showing an NYPD officer pointing his gun at Miguel Richards.

"Dude, put your hands up dude, I am pleading to you", said the unidentified neighbor.

"Let me see your hand", an officer says in another part. "He has got a knife and a gun".

"I don't want to shoot you", Fleming said a number of times.

Officers fired 16 shots at him.

Richards's hands appear to come up and a red dot can be seen, which police believed was a laser sight attached to the toy gun that Richards was holding. "Is that a real gun?" one officer asks. "He has a gun drop it".

The footage of the shooting was released publicly over the objection of Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark, who said she supported the need for transparency but still had an obligation to her investigation into whether the officers involved should face criminal charges. Richards was brandishing a knife and what turned out to be a fake gun at the cops before two officers opened fire with their service weapons and one officer used a stun gun, the recordings show.

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