The West Coast braces for potential unrest after bodycam footage was released, showing a black male being shot by officers in northwest California.
The incident, which took place in late August, involved Robert Anderson, a father of three that was spotted by the California Highway Patrol in Del Norte County.
Anderson was walking in the street while armed with a knife when troopers first made contact.
Troopers were able to get Anderson to drop the knife and him to create distance between himself and the weapon.
Body camera footage shows that Anderson instead chose to ignore the lawmen, instead opting to yell something at his spouse.
(2nd body cam footage of the OIS below)
Eventually, Anderson picked up the knife and charged his wife, resulting in police being forced to mortally wound him.
According to KYMKEMP.com, Anderson’s wife previously claimed her husband was gunned down by police in a “racially motivated” shooting.
Not Long after the shooting, Anderson’s wife, Sequoia Annette, disputed the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook account.
“[Law enforcement’s statement] IS NOT THE TRUTH AND NOT WHAT TOOK PLACE!” she wrote in all-caps. “I WAS STANDING RIGHT THERE SCREAMING AND [Robert Anderson] GOT SHOT WHILE RUNNING TOWARDS ME,…IT WAS NO REASON FOR HIM TO DIE ON THE GROUND THE WAY HE DID PERIOD! THE BOTTOM LINE IS HE WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN SHOT IF HE WAS WHITE, AND THAT’S THE REALITY OF MY WORLD AND WHAT HAPPENED… .”
However, the body camera footage, released over the weekend, tells a different story.
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