North Carolina police release body camera footage after Raleigh shooting protests
Tuesday night the protest with burning an American flag took place in North Carolina at the governor’s mansion demanding the Raleigh Police Department to release information about the police shooting in which a man was injured.
“Whose streets? Our streets!” demonstrators chanted, as lines of protesters and police faced off.
Was it an attempt to make the police prove their actions or to catch in power abuse? However, the protestors achieved their goal and the bodycam was released the next morning.
The protest followed the incident that happened Tuesday evening during a foot chase. 26-year-old Javier Torres is seen on the video, released by the police, running towards an officer with a black object in his hand which was identified as a gun. The handgun was later located at the scene of the shooting, according to the police.
Torres was shot in the abdomen and rushed to the hospital. His condition is not immediately known.
“As a result of the reckless and false information that has been spread on social media, a number of spontaneous protests occurred during the night which resulted in minor damage to property in and around the downtown area,” Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said in a Wednesday morning press conference.
But the voice of the public claimed that Torres was unarmed and he only had a pizza box in his hand. And the police Chief disapproved that rumor saying, “the body-worn camera footage will show that some of those statements were inaccurate.”
Deck-Brown added that, yes, Torres was holding a pizza box, but he also had a gun.
It was reported that the police responded to a 911 call around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday about a group of men “talking trash” and one of them, “flashing” a gun outside a restaurant in eastern Raleigh.
The released bodycam video shows officers arrive in cruisers and identify Torres based on his description. A black object, which police said was the gun, is seen in his waistband and he holds a pizza in his hand. He takes off on foot, and officers begin to chase him, the video shows.
“Drop the gun! Drop the gun! Drop it right now!” an officer behind him yells. The Raleigh News and Observer reported that some -- but not all -- of the audio was omitted from the clips.
Another officer approaches from another angle and fires a shot from a few feet away as Torres runs in his direction, the video shows. Police said Torres was holding the gun in his right hand, though the blurry black object is hard to discern in the footage. Officers are seen giving first aid to Torres before an ambulance arrives.