St. Louis Police are drawing extreme criticism following the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Kajieme Powell.
Two police officers were responding to call of theft after Powell stole two energy drinks and pastries from a convenience store. Powell demanded officers shoot him as walked towards them with a steak knife in hand.
The two officers fired nine bullets into Powell. They then placed his lifeless body in handcuffs.
Many took to social media to slam the St. Louis PD’s actions:
Police Chief Sam Dotson backed the officers’ decision to use lethal force.
“Certainly a Taser is an option that’s available to the officers, but Tasers aren’t 100 percent,” Dotson said, according to the Huffington Post. “So you’ve got an individual with a knife who’s moving towards you, not listening to any verbal commands, continues, says, ‘shoot me now, kill me now.’ Tasers aren’t 100 percent. if that Taser misses, that [individual] continues on and hurts an officer.”
“In a lethal situation, they used lethal force,” he added.
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