Police bodycam footage released this week proves cops in the Colorado town of Fort Collins acted justifiably when they opened fire and killed Jeremy Holmes, 19, during an encounter earlier this year.
The encounter occurred near the Colorado State University campus on July 1 after Holmes’ mother, Susan, dialed 911 to say her son was walking down the street toward his brother and sister-in-law’s house armed with a “big knife” and intent on killing the couple, according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan.
“He’s got mental health issues that have been growing for the last few months just dramatically,” she said on the call. “There’s no reason for him to be doing this.”
She further revealed that her son planned to charge at the police “so that he’ll die today.”
“He just said you’re going to lose either two sons today or one,” she said. “I’m just so horrified. I’m just so horrified.”
When authorities arrived at the scene, they found him carrying a 11.25 inch bayonet knife.
Watch what happened in the bodycam footage below:
Holmes repeatedly ignores requests by the cops to drop his weapon, claiming he wants to die.
“This is the end, so I want you to kill me,” he says in the video.
About two minutes into the footage, an officer identified by the Fort Collins Coloradoan as Colorado State University police Cpl. Phil Morris announces that he wants to try tasering Holmes.
Before he can even pull his Taser out of his belt, though, Holmes comes charging toward him, spurring him and his partner, Fort Collins Police Services officer Erin Mast, into opening fire.
It’s clear from the footage there were no other options for Morris and Mast; they had to either open fire on Holmes or face the risk of being harmed.
This footage also makes it clear why body cameras are a must for every man and woman in blue, notwithstanding the criticism of some leftist race-baiters.
Without these cameras, someone — be it Holmes’ family, anti-cop protesters or whomever — could have easily claimed he had been killed unjustifiably.
But as is the case in the vast majority of police shootings, Holmes died justifiably as per his own reckless actions.
H/T Breaking 911
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