The Latest: Activists unconvinced by St. Paul bodycam video

ABC News Incident 1 month ago

The Latest on police in St. Paul, Minnesota, releasing police body-camera footage from a fatal shooting Sept. 15 (all times local):

5 p.m.

Activists against police violence say they're not satisfied with the release of body-camera footage in an officer's fatal shooting of a man in Minnesota.

Police in St. Paul on Tuesday released a minute-long clip of the Sept. 15 confrontation that led to the death of 31-year-old Ronald Davis. The footage shows Davis running toward Officer Steve Mattson, apparently holding a knife, seconds after he rear-ended the officer's car.

Mattson shouts at him to drop the knife, and when Davis doesn't, Mattson shoots him.

Chief Todd Axtell says Mattson had no choice but to defend himself.

But the Anti-Police Brutality Coalition says it's not clear from the limited video whether Mattson could have used non-lethal force. The group calls for all the body-camera video to be released, as well as all investigative materials.

The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension continues to investigate the shooting.

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1:35 p.m.

Police in St. Paul, Minnesota, have released bodycam video of an officer fatally shooting a man moments after the officer's squad car was rear-ended.

Officer Steve Mattson shot 31-year-old Ronald Davis on Sept. 15 in the city's Midway neighborhood.

The video released Tuesday shows Mattson's vehicle lurch, apparently struck from behind. As he gets out, the camera shows Davis running into view.

Mattson shouts, "Whoa! Whoa!" and "Get away from me! Drop the knife!"

Freeze-frames show Davis holding a flashlight in his left hand and another object in his right. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has said Davis was holding a knife when he was shot.

Chief Todd Axtell says Mattson "had no choice but to defend himself against an immediate and violent attack."

BCA is investigating the shooting.


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