The video is definitely an appalling one. Police shot and killed a man they say lunged at them with a knife in confrontation in Times Square.
According to police officers the 51-year-old man shot appeared to be smoking marijuana and when police approached he became agitated and pulled out an 11-inch knife.
Even over repeated insistence he refused to drop the weapon and began backing down the avenue. The video shows a number of officers, guns drawn as they pursue the man as he appears to skip down Seventh Avenue. Even if the man did not drop his weapon, many bystanders believed police should not have opened fire at the man.