Saturday, December 18, 2010

Woodcarver's shooting death video by Seattle officee released

Not long ago I wrote about the death of John T.Williams, a First Nation homeless woodcarver shot and killed by Seattle police officer Ian Birk on August 31.  Now the video from the officer's dashboard cam has been released, over the objections of Birk's lawyer.  While the actual shooting takes place off-camera, keep watching to see Mr. Williams, who was deaf in one ear, saunter across a Seattle crosswalk.  A few seconds later, he is dead.

An inquest will be held soon.  A preliminary police finding has called the shooting unjustified.

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