WASHINGTON – Body camera video of a man who was killed by the District of Columbia police on christmas day, only a fraction of a second view of the knife the man held.
Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office on Wednesday released video from the body cameras worn by the police officer who shot the 29-year-old Gerald Javon Hall, and another officer on the scene.
The videos show a brief interaction between Room and two officers in the doorway of a house. The police officer who shot Hall can be heard instructing Hall to put the knife in three times before he shoots four shots. Hall was thought to be committing domestic violence.
Hall was black. The police have not released the names of the officers involved in the shooting, but in the videos they seem to be black.