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Video: Seattle PD Releases Dash-Cam Footage of Homeless Carver Shooting

December 20, 2010  | 

The Seattle Police Department released a 17-minute segment of video footage from the dash-mounted cruiser camera of former Officer Ian Birk, who turned in his badge and gun after the shooting, reports

Officer Birk fatally shot 50-year-old John T. Williams on Aug. 30, after the homeless, partialy deaf carver didn't respond to the officer's commands to drop a knife with a 3-inch folding blade.

Birk, who wasn't armed with a TASER, fired four rounds at Williams, after telling him three times to drop the knife.

In the footage, Birk exits his cruiser and can be heard telling Williams three times to "put the knife down."

In November, the Seattle PD's firearms review board found that the shooting was not justified and ordered Birk to turn in his badge and gun.

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(VIDEO) Watch the dash-cam footage:

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deltacharlieone @ 12/21/2010 11:15 AM

Looks like an execution to me...Sounds like he just unloaded the whole clip into WHOMEVER wonder how much this happens every day all over the USA...?

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