Fatal Miami Beach Police Shooting Caught On Video
Another day, another police shooting caught on camera and posted to social media.
According to CNN, on Saturday (Dec. 5) morning, a Miami Beach, Florida officer shot and killed a man during ” a confrontation on a busy street,” as he was suspected of a bank robbery and said to be armed with a barber’s razor.
In the footage, viewers can see officers surround the unidentified suspect as they try to standoff form anything dramatic happening. The man took a step toward the armed officers and placed his hands on the police car. One officer then fired his gun and you then see the man fall to the ground, clutching his chest as the razor fell to the ground, too.
The officers responded to a call after that said the suspect passed a note on a deposit slip to a teller at Bank of America that claimed he had a bomb and wanted cash, as reported by the New York Daily News.
“Give me all your 50s, 100s and 20s, please,” read the note obtained by WSVN-TV. “I have a bomb, so please be careful.”
“He came outside and was basically yelling gestures out to the police officers,” said Marcellus Johnson, who captured the video and posted it to Instagram. “The officers were giving him directions, ‘Please put down the weapon. Calm down, we are on your side, we are trying to help you.’ That lasted about five minutes and after about five minutes of that they decided to shoot him.”
The suspect has been identified by as a Hispanic, according to police. In addition, the officer who shot him was a six-year-veteran and also Hispanic.
“It’s a horrible, an isolated incident and it’s tragic for everybody involved,” says Mayor Philip Levine.
In a press briefing, police Chief Daniel Oates said that Miami-Dade police, not Miami Beach police, will further investigate the shooting while the FBI and Miami Beach police will handle the attempted bank robbery.