Monday 17 February, 2020

NYPD to release body cam footage from fatal shooting of Jamaican

New York Police Department (NYPD) plans to release body camera footage of the fatal shooting of a Jamaican male student residing in the US by police personnel inside his apartment in the Bronx area of New York eight days ago.

It is reportedly the first fatal NY police involved shooting captured on body cameras. The police plan to release the video on Thursday, according to the New York Daily News.

Police reportedly went to the apartment to make a wellness check, which was requested by the landlord of 31-year-old Miguel Richards, who had not been seen for some time.

The visit ended with Richards, armed with a small knife and a toy gun with a laser scope, being engaged in an hour-long standoff with the police from inside the apartment before the cops took him down with some 16 shots being fired.

Richards’ father, Belvett, 61, identified the deceased as a university exchange student from Jamaica, who was studying information technology.

He said they last spoke about a month ago, and everything seemed okay with his son.

There is also no record of young Richards having any prior arrest, and also no recorded history of mental illness.

Importantly though, the incident was recorded by police body cameras.

New York Daily News reported that Police sources said the roughly 14-minute video will show cops repeatedly telling Miguel Richards, 31,

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