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Bodycam Shows Police Successfully Disarm Knife Wielding Man
** Subscribe for more: ** The body camera of a Miami-Dade Police officer captured a tense standoff in November that could have turned deadly for one knife-wielding man. Several officers responded to a residential area of Southwest Miami-Dade, Nov. 15, after a man called 911 threatening to kill police officers. “He’s reaching for something, put it down,” one officer is heard saying as he spots the man from his car. “Put it down. Put it down. You don’t what to get hurt.” The dramatic video released on Wednesday shows officers pleading with a man, who, police believe, was trying to commit suicide by cop. The video shows the man — who will not be identified due to the fact that he suffers from mental issues — standing in the middle of a road holding a knife. Officers surrounded the man, pleading with him to put the knife down. “Put it down, put it down,” the officer wearing the body camera repeatedly said. “You don’t want to get hurt.” He pleaded again with the man, “Sir, listen to me. Put the knife down. We don’t want to hurt you.” Police tried to end the situation without taking the man’s life. The video shows the first-person perspective of the officer pointing his Taser at the man and continue to plead with him. Another officer across the street, with a gun pointed at the suspect, tells bystanders to move away. “Crossfire — get out of the way,” he said. The officers told the man to relax and asked him to talk to them. The suspect, who police believe is an ex-Marine, then tells the officers, “Shoot, shoot.” He told them that he is a father, and then threatened the officer who had a Taser. “I’m a father,” he says, before threatening the officer. “If you keep coming closer you’ll get it. I got a second when it hits me to come back to you. I’ve been shot before.” The officer wearing the body camera then takes a step forward and shoots the man with his Taser. “Check him, check him,” the officer said, after the man fell to the ground. Police took the man into custody and transported him to a hospital for mental health treatment. In his initial call to 911, he told police he was depressed. MDPD officers began wearing the body cameras in May. Now, more than 1,000 officers wear them. Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: (Disclaimer: Video posted strictly for educational and information purposes only).

Bodycam Shows Cops Shooting Man Armed With Two Knives
** Subscribe for more: ** Baltimore police released footage from police body cameras that show officers shooting a suspect. Police officials viewed the public release as a new step toward transparency to win back residents who have lost faith in the department after multiple incidents of a men dying or being injured in police custody, including Freddie Gray, whose death in April 2015 from injuries sustained in a police van launched the city into weeks of unrest. While the footage might raise questions about officers' use-of-force in the shooting, it also dramatically displays the realities of what police face routinely and it gives the public their perspective of volatile situations as they unfold. "It's our responsibility, we believe very strongly, to identify critical incidents like this, especially when deadly force was used and share it with the community," Baltimore police Commissioner Kevin Davis said. "We believe it's making us better as an agency. We believe it's improving police community relationships and accountability." The incident shown in the body camera footage unfolded Friday morning in North Baltimore when a woman called 911 from her car describing a man weilding knives while yelling at people and beating on a pole and the sidewalk. Officers arrived to the 3300 block of Greenmount Avenue, where they found a man in a leather jacket, pants and adidas shoes – pacing outside a fried chicken carryout and the Boulevard Theater and ranting. He carried two green knives that had "MARINE" written on the handles, and he kept yelling incoherent statements. Five officers arrived, including two who were equipped with body cameras. Both turned them on as they stepped out of their patrol cars and approached the suspect. The footage captures a chest-level view from the officers, and as they raise their weapons and point them at the suspect, both of their hands and weapons are in the forefront of the video. Repeatedly, police can be heard telling the man to drop his weapons. Police spokesman TJ Smith said the man was told 10 times to drop the knives. The man can be heard saying "I have one life to live and I'm ready to give it." As police moved in, one of the officers with a body camera raised his Taser, warned the suspect he was about to fire and does so. At about the same time, gunshots rang out from other officers, who missed the suspect. It was not clear if the Taser struck him, but the blasts did nothing to stop him and he continued to pace. A few seconds after officers again told him to drop his weapons, they fired multiple gunshots and the man fell down bleeding on the sidewalk outside the theater. Officers cuffed the man's hands and began administering resuscitation."Keep breathing buddy," they could be heard saying as an officer repeatedly conducted chest compressions and asked for a mask to blow air into the man's air passages. The man, who was shot multiple times, remains at an area hospital in stable condition, police said. Police have equipped about 600 officers with cameras since May after the city approved spending $11.6 million over five years to issue all officers with cameras by 2018. The cameras allow the department to more accurately record what takes place during police shootings and other incidents, police said. Researchers say they give the public more transparency when officers' accounts are questioned and also act as a reminder for officers to follow procedures and stay within the bounds of law. Across the Baltimore region, departments including Laurel and Baltimore County are testing or buying the cameras as police officers face intense scrutiny in the wake of several high-profile shootings of unarmed men over the past three years. Last week, Davis told city council members at a Public Safety Committee meeting that overall complaints against officers have decreased by 20 percent this year, from 729 last year to 584. Complaints about officers using unnecesary force are also down 38 percent, from 135 to 84. Davis said 19 officers have been fired or are in the process of getting fired this year after being found in violation of department policies. Lawsuits against the department for civil rights violations are at a five-year low, the commissioner said. Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: (Disclaimer: Video posted strictly for educational and information purposes only)

Bodycam Shows Bellingham Officer Shoot Man Armed With Knife
** (Disclaimer: Video posted strictly for educational and information purposes only) ** Bellingham Police have released the name of the suspect who died at the scene of a police shooting. In a BPD press release, the suspect has been identified as Manuel Gonzalez, 28. On Sunday, March 12, Gonzalez stabbed a man, age 20, in the neck during an altercation in the 100 block of E. Holly Street. Gonzalez then fled the scene on foot, while witnesses gave chase. Gonzalez ran to the 1400 block of Railroad Avenue where a second confrontation between witnesses and Gonzalez was ongoing. Police said that officer Jeremiah Leland came to the scene and ordered Gonzalez to drop his knife. Police said Gonzalez failed to drop the knife and advanced toward Leland, prompting Leland to shoot him. Gonzalez was pronounced dead at the scene. An initial autopsy of Gonzalez determined he bled to death from a gunshot wound to the neck. Police said Gonzalez had a history of minor criminal offenses. The 20-year-old man who was stabbed remains in serious condition at a local hospital. Leland has been an officer with the Bellingham Police Department for three years, police said. The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department is leading the investigation into the shooting. Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter:

Bodycam Shows Police Shoot Man Armed With Knife in Maryland
** Subscribe for more: ** Baltimore County Police on Wednesday released video of an officer shooting a man carrying a knife, the first time the agency has released footage from police body cameras. Two of the officers who responded to the Pikesville apartment of Bryant Junious Palmer on Friday night were wearing body cameras, including the officer who shot and wounded the 48-year-old man. The videos show the officers approaching the apartment and a shirtless Palmer opening the door and yelling, "Time to die! Time to die!" Police said Palmer was armed with a knife. The officers retreated down the steps, with one of the officers firing a single shot that struck Palmer near his right shoulder. The officer has only been identified by his rank and last name: Officer Remmers. He has seven years of experience with the county police and has not been involved in any prior shootings. Remmers is on administrative leave while police and prosecutors investigate the shooting. After the shooting, the videos show one officer handcuffing Palmer behind his back while he screamed in apparent pain. Remmers, meanwhile, calls for a medic and then runs out to a police cruiser to get medical supplies, the videos show. He goes back into the apartment building and helps another officer treat Palmer's gunshot wound. Remmers asks Palmer for his name and what happened. Palmer responds: "I keep hearing all these voices, they're tormenting me." Remmers then replies: "OK, just stay with us, all right? You're going to be OK. All right, bud?" Palmer was being treated at Sinai Hospital and is expected to recover. He has been charged with three counts of first-degree assault, three counts of second-degree assault and three counts of possessing a dangerous weapon, according to court records. Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: (Disclaimer: Video posted strictly for educational and information purposes only)