Kajieme Powell, 25, was shot and killed by St. Louis police on Tuesday after allegedly robbing a grocery store with a knife. The killing took place about 4 miles from where Michael Brown was shot dead.
A convenience store owner called 911 on Tuesday when he suspected Powell stole drinks and donuts from his shop, according to a recording of the call. Another woman called to report Powell was acting erratically and had a knife in his pocket.
The police reported that they shot Powell after the suspect came at them with an overhand-gripped knife.
They then released this cell phone footage, which some say casts doubt on the police’s official story.
The video shows that police told Powell to remove his hand from his pocket, which he did. Police said Powell held a knife in his hand, though it is unclear from the video if Powell actually brandished the knife at the officers. The owner of the convenience store from which Powell allegedly shoplifted told police he had a weapon, a claim corroborated by the owner of a nearby barber shop who called 911 about Powell, according to 911 calls obtained by St. Louis Public Radio.
There are reports that Powell suffered from mental illness.
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