The New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) has released body camera footage showing an officer-perpetrated shooting in Harlem late last month.
Two officers responded to a call regarding a man who was said to be attempting suicide in a Hamilton Heights apartment building on West 143rd Street on October 22. That man was Paris Cummings, 27, and he was holding two knives.
The video begins as the officers exit an elevator. After several knocks from police, Cummings opens his door and quickly ambles back into his own hallway. The officers attempt to enter the apartment, saying, “Woah, woah, woah,” but Cummings charges at them.
The officers notice the knives. One shouts, “Put the knife down. Put the knife down! Put the fucking knife down! Put the knife down!”
Then, Cummings’ advance is stopped as one of the officers shoots him in the leg, immobilizing him, and sending him falling to the floor.
According to the NYPD, the two officers immediately began to perform first aid and requested an ambulance after the shooting. Cummings was then taken to a hospital and treated for his non-life threatening injuries.
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