Media, You Tube censored video above

Man was stopped for smoking marijuana, police say

NYPD officers shot and killed a knife-wielding man near 37th and 7th in front of a large crowd of shocked bystanders. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital around 3pm where he later died Aug. 12. Police claimed the man was approached for smoking marijuana and ran away. They gave chase.

They claimed he lunged at them, but he is seen continually backing away during the chase. Police cars surrounded the large crowd of police obscuring bystanders’ views as they shot the man to death. A man is heard at the end of this cell phone video saying, “That wasn’t a justified kill.”

The New York Times displayed the video above on their website, but cut it short after only a few seconds. You Tube flagged the video, forcing viewers to sign in with their user name and password and give their birthdate before viewing it.

One bystander commented in another video that the man appeared dazed and panicked, as if he didn’t know what to do.

Bystander’s photo of police aiming guns at man, who has not yet been identified.


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