The NYPD has released the graphic and controversial footage of the fatal shooting of a mentally ill citizen by a police officer from earlier this month. In the video, the victim screams "Shoot me!" repeatedly.
According to the New York Post, officers ultimately fired at Cornell Lockhart nine times, six of which hit. They had been called to the scene after reports of a stabbing came in from a Bronx homeless shelter. The police had arrived to find two security guards with knife wounds.
“[Lockhart] stabs them. One is able to escape by jumping over the desk. The other one … goes down to the ground and then crawls out away from him,” said NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis.
Both security guards were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at St. Barnabas hospital shortly after the incident, according to The New York Daily News.
Officers Shawn Loftus and Nicole Krauss were wearing bodycams at the time of the shooting. They can be heard using vulgarities while ordering Lockhart to drop his weapon. He was asked to drop his weapon around 20 times before they fired their guns. Lockhart died of injuries from the shooting at St. Barnabas Hospital shortly thereafter.
Urban Pathways CEO Frederick Shack said that Lockhart has lived in the building since 2011 and had a history of mental illness.
“I don’t think he could cause any harm. We see him out there asking for change,” said Tasha Carruthers, a neighborhood resident who knew Lockhart as “Pops."
“They didn’t have to shoot. ... He probably was off his meds," she added.