SAN FRANCISCO, CA - In the wake of cops killing citizens caught on camera across the country, the focus is now on San Francisco and 14 seconds of cell phone video.
The latest incident happened in the Bayview District. On the video, you can hear a witness urging a man to drop a knife as eight police officers surround him. He was suspected in a knifing incident less than an hour before.
San Francisco police chief, Greg Suhr, says the officers called for a higher-powered, less-lethal weapon and it actually knocked the suspect down. However, he did not drop the knife and he got back up. When subduing the man with bean bag shots and pepper spray failed, cell phone video shows the suspect moving toward one officer, still holding a six to eight inch kitchen knife they believe he used to stab another man in the shoulder.
As he tried to walk away from the cops, one officer cut off his path.
Chief Suhr says the suspect "Went towards the officer. That officer and four other officers fired in defense of the officer he was moving towards."
Not much is known about the suspect, believed to be in his 20's, who died in a hail of gunfire. But one thing is for sure....the 14 seconds of video only tells part of the story. It also puts San Francisco cops in an unwanted viewfinder.