Seattle PD: No video of officer-involved shootingMay 9, 2013 @ 4:15 pm
SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Police Department has acknowledged that it doesn't have any video of an encounter in which officers shot and killed a mentally disturbed man in February.
The department says 11 officers responded in 10 cruisers, and half of those police cars had their dashboard cameras running. But because they were responding to what was reported as a hostage situation, they didn't park right at the scene and their cameras didn't capture the encounter with 21-year-old Jack Sun Keewatinawin.
Some of the officers didn't have their cameras turned on because they hadn't been trained in using them, and others didn't have them on because they arrived straight from the start of their shift and didn't want to take the time to synchronize their cameras electronically before responding to the emergency.
The department's Firearms Review Board found the shooting justified. Police said the man brandished an 18-inch piece of rebar as he approached an officer who had fallen down.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Danny O'Neil offers his retort to a column that blames Denver's loss on overtime rules
Add Life to Their Days
How a local nurse plans to ease the pain of saying 'goodbye'
The Seahawks have the NFL's single biggest difference maker
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.