Richmond police release footage of fatal shooting of unarmed naked man


RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WRIC) — Body-camera video of the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a Richmond police officer shows the man emerge naked from a car and dash onto a highway, where he flailed erratically on the ground before running toward the officer.

Police Chief Alfred Durham on Friday released the video of 24-year-old Marcus-David Peters’ fatal shooting earlier this month.

The video shows the officer first used a stun gun when Peters approached him. Police say it was not effective and the officer then shot Peters twice in the abdomen.

(DISCLAIMER: The body camera footage may be disturbing to some audiences. Viewer discretion is advised. App users can see the video here.)

Durham also played surveillance video that showed Peters drive away from a downtown hotel where he worked part time.

Police say he was involved in three hit-and-runs before the encounter with the officer.

Peters’ family has already seen the video. They held a press conference Friday after the footage was made public.

Peters’ sister has said it shows her brother was clearly in distress and needed help.

“The body camera footage released by Richmond Police Department today confirmed what I already knew,” Peters’ sister, Princess Blanding, said. “Marcus was unarmed, clearly in distress and in need of help. Instead of receiving help, he received fatal bullets.

“This entire situation really has me wondering, who are police trained to help? Who are they serving and protecting? Themselves?” 

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