REALITY CHECK: What Suicide By Cop Looks Like


NBCDFW: Two police officers shot and killed a 23-year-old black man who came within several feet of them brandishing a knife Tuesday in St. Louis, several miles from where Michael Brown was killed last week in Ferguson, police said. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told reporters that the suspect shot Tuesday had brandished a knife at officers and refused to drop it when police ordered him to, instead saying, “Shoot me now. Kill me.” Just after the shooting, a crowd of at least 100 people gathered, some of them chanting “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” — the refrain protesters have chanted recently in the nearby suburb where Brown, an unarmed black teen, was shot dead by a white police officer, triggering days of unrest. MORE

HUFFINGTON POST: The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department released cell phone footage Wednesday of the police shooting of Kajieme Powell, a 25-year-old black man killed on Tuesday in St. Louis, according to St. Louis Public Radio. A convenience store owner called 911 on Tuesday when he suspected Powell stole drinks and donuts from his shop, according to a recording of the call. Another woman called to report Powell was acting erratically and had a knife in his pocket. Two officers in a police SUV responded to the calls, the cell phone video shows. When the officers got out of their vehicle, Powell walked in their direction, yelling and telling them to shoot him already. MORE