NYPD releases bodycam video from deadly shooting

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The NYPD has released body camera videos taken of a deadly encounter between officers and an armed man. The NYPD has released body camera videos taken of a deadly encounter between officers and an armed man.
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The NYPD released body camera videos Thursday taken during a deadly encounter between officers and an armed man earlier this month.

"Put that knife down," an officer says in one part. "I don't want to shoot you."

As News 12 has reported, police shot and killed 31-year-old Miguel Richards after entering his apartment at 3700 Pratt Ave. in Edenwald for a wellness check at his landlord's request. The responding officers found him armed with a knife and what they later learned was an imitation pistol. The incident is the first fatal police-involved shooting in the city since police began wearing bodycams earlier this year.

Four different officers recorded the incident, which authorities released stitched together in a 16-minute video. 

Click here to watch the bodycam video. (WARNING: Graphic content)

At another point, the officers threw a phone into the room, which they say had one of Richards' friends on the line on speaker phone.

"Talk to your bud," an officer says.

But Richards never utters a word in the video, while officers repeatedly order him to show his hands and drop his weapons.

"Let me see your hand," an officer says in another part. "Let me see your hand. Put your hands up!"

Police officials say the responding officers ordered Richards to drop his weapons more than 50 times before opening fire.

"What is in your other hand?" an officer can be heard asking. "He has got a knife and a gun. He has a gun, drop it."

"I think he has a gun in his hand," another officer says before one of them discharged a Taser. Moments later gunfire erupts.

"Shots fired! Shots fired!" the officers report to dispatch.

The Legal Aid Society says the video raises more questions than it answers.

"Similar to the killing of Deborah Danner, Mr. Richards seems to exhibit no immediate threat to the officers," the society said in a statement. As News 12 has reported, Danner, a 66-year-old mentally ill woman, was shot and killed in her home in the Bronx last year after allegedly brandishing scissors and a baseball bat at an officer.

The NYC Patrolmen's Benevolent Association criticized the release of the videos.

"The release of this footage sets a dangerous precedent that jeopardizes police officers' due process rights and confidentiality protections," the PBA said in a statement.

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