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Police Officers Shot A Man On The 440 Highway

Police Officers Shot A Man On The 440 Highway

Raleigh police officer A.A. Smith fired two shots at D. T, then about five seconds later, fired another three shots. That's according to a report from the Raleigh police department that was released by the city Wednesday.

T. fell to the ground and was placed in handcuffs, according to the report. Emergency responders who were at the scene rendered emergency aid and T. was taken to a hospital where he later died.

The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting a criminal investigation, and there is an internal review of the officers' actions, as well as a crash reconstruction investigation. All three are ongoing.

T. had been in a car crash after his vehicle ran off Interstate 440 near Brentwood Road. Police say he had a knife, which he was told 12 times to drop, according to the report.

Advocates for police reform with the group Emancipate NC say this was a small pocket knife, and that T. was disoriented from the crash, and likely didn't understand the commands.
After T. did not drop the knife, Raleigh police Sgt. W.B. Tapscott deployed his Taser, which caused T. to fall to the ground, according to the report and video that was distributed by Emancipate NC.

When officers approached him, "he swung the knife towards the officers, nearly making contact" with Raleigh police officer K.G. Begin, according to the report. At this point, officer Smith fired his weapon twice, which caused T. to fall to the ground. When he tried to get up, Smith fired three more shots, causing T. to fall and drop the knife, according to the report.

The report does not detail how many of the shots hit T., nor does it provide any autopsy information. A 911 caller had reported "that the driver of the overturned vehicle forced him off the road and appeared to be intoxicated." The report included no information about T' blood alcohol content.

The Emancipate NC's director of policy and program, says the report still leaves questions unanswered and wants the police body camera footage to be released.

In North Carolina, only a judge can release this kind of footage. It has been the Raleigh Police Department's policy to petition the court for the release, which it has done in this case, and a hearing is expected Feb. 3. Police departments do not decide whether or not to release this footage

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  1. maveco 21 January 2022 20:19
    a murder,could shot leg not his back
    1. Guest TheBorg 12 February 2022 05:18
      Agree. What was so important about the knife when he was just in a damn crash.. "protect and serve" my @$$.
  2. Mondolife 17 September 2022 22:59
    And nothing of value was lost
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