VIDEO: Footage of Cincinnati Shooting Shows "Vicious" Attack on Officer
Video footage of what Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac called "a vicious, violent attack" against a Cincinnati police officer was released Monday afternoon. The man attacking the officer was shot and killed by the officer, police said.
Two separate scenes from the Sunday incident show a man, who police identified as 25-year-old Jawari Porter, encountering a security guard in the Over-the-Rhine Kroger grocery story and later police on Government Square in Downtown.
The footage shows the security guard appearing to block the exit of the store as Porter approaches with a knife in his right hand. Porter points the knife at the neck of the guard repeatedly as he makes his way out of the store.
The second video from a camera on Government Square shows Porter crossing the street. As a police cruiser approaches, Porter turns around and walks directly toward the driver's side door. As Porter reaches the now open door with what appears to be a knife in his hand, Officer Anthony Brucato appears to open fire.
Monday afternoon, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters cleared the officers involved in the shooting of any wrongdoing, and said nothing would be sent to a grand jury regarding the incident, Cincinnati.com reports.
The shooting happened at about 7:40 a.m., about 20 minutes after police say Porter robbed a nearby Kroger store, at 1420 Vine St., Isaac said.
Black Lives Matter Cincinnati and the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition sent a joint news release condemning the Sunday shooting before video footage had been released.
"We contend the police-orchestrated escalation led to an avoidable killing," the release states. "No efforts were made to get mental health professionals on the scene and no serious effort was made to subdue/contain, rather than kill Jawari Porter."