June 20, 2018 06:36 PM
Newly-released body camera video captures the tense moments leading up to officers opening fire on a man during an interrogation at Minneapolis City Hall last December.
The video shows officers ordering then-18-year-old Marcus Fischer to drop his weapon before firing.
Fischer pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree assault and one count of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm earlier this month, as well as two other counts.
He has been sentenced to 74 months, which is just more than six years.
Fischer admitted to shooting and injuring a man he was attempting to buy a gun from in December in Minneapolis.
Six days later, he was questioned about it by police at Minneapolis City Hall. When he was left alone in a room, Fischer pulled out a knife that police had not confiscated from him and began stabbing himself.
The video shows that 12 seconds after Minneapolis officers walk out of the police interrogation room at Minneapolis City Hall - leaving Fischer inside - he pulls out a knife that had not been confiscated and begins to stab himself in the neck.
For at least nine minutes, Fischer is inside the room alone with the knife. Police won't go in until an officer with a Taser is there.
When that happens, police unlock the door, and fire a Taser at Fischer. It appears the Taser missed or doesn't work.
Twelve seconds later, Fischer is still standing. Police say he is walking toward them with the knife in his hand. That's when officers open fire.
After Fischer is shot and on the ground, officers tell him to move over toward the wall because his right hand is underneath him and they can't see the knife.
Once the knife is spotted, it's another minute before he is pulled from the room.
"It's a little incongruent to say we want to save his life, but we're going to do it by shooting him and then not rendering aid as soon as possible when the knife is now away from the body," said Teresa Nelson with the ACLU of Minnesota.
Nelson said de-escalation should have been the priority.
"When you're yelling orders at someone to put a knife down, that's not de-escalating the situation, that's not calming him down, that's not engaging him in conversation and trying to resolve the dangerous situation," she said.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS did reach out to the city of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police union with questions, but did not hear back.
The attorney for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension made the decision to edit the video and blur some of the body camera video before releasing it to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.
Often when a case is closed, like this one, we get complete access to the investigative file, and it's our discretion of what we air. We are very careful making those decisions.
The attorney for the BCA cited a state statute that allows law enforcement to withhold information if it is "clearly offensive to common sensibilities."
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KSTP's Jessica Miles is tracking this story and will have the latest starting at 4:30 p.m. on Ch. 5.
Jessica Miles and Frank Rajkowski
Updated: June 20, 2018 06:36 PM
Created: June 20, 2018 02:46 PM
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