Not Two Weeks After Mike Brown’s Death, Police Fatally Shoot Another Man Miles Away

August 21, 2014: In the interest of transparency, St. Louis police released the 911 calls and surveillance footage of the shooting in less than 24 hours after the incident.

Not even two weeks after 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, another man was killed by the cops on Riverview Boulevard in St. Louis.

Riverview is just a few miles north of where Mike Brown was killed.

While the second incident has further infuriated protesters already outraged over a militarized law-enforcement forces, this time around – unlike the mysterious circumstances that led to Brown’s death – they at least know what went down between 25-year-old Kajieme Powell and the police.

Authorities received two separate 911 calls reporting Powell’s erratic behavior after he was suspected of stealing from a nearby convenience store.

When the police arrived, two officers reportedly fired a combined 12 shots at Powell, killing him instantly, after he refused to drop the steak knife he was wielding while moving toward them.

In the interests of transparency – especially amid the unrest that followed Brown’s shooting – the St. Louis Police Department released the 911 calls and a cell phone video on Wednesday showing the confrontation with officers that left Powell dead.

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However, despite all efforts to maintain transparency, Powell’s killing remains controversial.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Powell "pulled out a knife and came at the officers, gripping and holding it high," yelling "hoot me now, kill me now." He said the man was shot when he was "2 or 3 feet" away from the officers.

But in the released video, Powell doesn’t really look like he was attacking the officers. Vox notes:

“Powell does not appear to be holding a knife high, and he looks to be walking normally — and to be further than 2 or 3 feet from the officers — when they open fire, killing him.”

In addition, many are questioning if the shooting was even necessary at that point.

Watch the full video of Powell’s shooting, uploaded by St. Louis Public Radio, below. [WARNING: The footage is very graphic.] 

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