Miguel Richards Body Cam Video of NYPD Police Shooting

Frederick Owens
September 15, 2017

The video shows an officer shining a flashlight on Richards as Richards kneels on his bed wearing dark glasses and holding a knife.

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.

'Put your hand up, dude, and drop the knife, ' one officer says.

"Wanna take him down now?" an officer asks just before police gunned down Miguel Richards, video shows. 'Drop that gun to the floor. "Put your hands up dude, it's not a joke".

That is the warning heard in the first public release of body camera video since cops started wearing the devices in April.

"The release of this footage sets a risky precedent that jeopardizes police officers' due process rights and confidentiality protections under state law", said PBA President Patrick J. Lynch.

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"I don't want to shoot you", Fleming said a number of times. But I will shoot you if that's a real gun...

The video, which represents the first time the nation's largest police force has given out body cam footage, appears to bolster the NYPD position that Richards, 31, was shot only after being repeatedly warned by police during the 90-minute standoff inside his Bronx apartment.

Officers fired 16 shots at him. Murphy warned: "I will shoot you if that's a real gun". Eventually, after Richards doesn't comply, the officer draws his gun.

Richards appears to raise his hand and the gun - which turned out to be fake - and then one officer fired his stun gun and the other two officers opened fire, killing Richards. Richards' friend, who was called to the scene by the landlord, asked Richards 72 times to put his hands up, Gomez said. The video contains a note saying that it is a compilation of video obtained from three officers' body cameras. Another law enforcement source said police wanted to be as transparent as they could be about the release of the recordings, which is within their purview.

Both police Commissioner James O'Neill and Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark have met on the issue and have agreed that any release should be done in a way that doesn't compromise the prosecutor's ongoing investigation into the September 6 afternoon incident that took the life of Miguel Richards, 31, law enforcement officials told Newsday.

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