A video purporting to show the final moments before San Francisco police officers shot and killed a knife-wielding suspect emerged on Instagram late Wednesday.
According to the San Francisco Examiner, police chief Greg Suhr said that the suspect allegedly matched a description of another suspect wanted for a stabbing in the area. The stabbing occurred 45 minutes before the shooting in the same neighborhood, when the suspect reportedly struck the victim in the shoulder with a kitchen knife. The victim went to a nearby police station and reported the incident.
It was then that police found the suspect in the Bayview District, still holding the knife. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, police tried to stop the man with nonlethal means before the shooting occurred. But when the man approached one of the officers, lethal force was used.
“The suspect had already demonstrated, by committing a felony aggravated assault, that he was a danger to others, so he could not be allowed to move away from the scene,” said Suhr.
Asked about the video and whether or not is demonstrates police brutality, the police chief reiterated that the suspect “does have the knife in his hand and he does move toward officers.”
Suhr also stressed that the video above, as well as several other videos and eyewitness accounts, corroborate the officers’ account of the incident.
However, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi told the Chronicle that “the person [in the video] was not posing a direct threat and certainly did not have to be shot.”
Check out the clip below: