Was this cop right for doing this to a woman who charged him with a meat cleaver? Or should he have let her have her way? Watch the video for yourself below:
Police in North Carolina have released the body cam footage of the moment an officer shot dead a woman coming at him with a butcher’s knife in an effort to show the shooting was justified.
Chieu Di Thi Vo, 46, was shot and killed by a police officer on March 25, 2014, after police were called to a fight at an apartment complex in Greensboro.
Vo, who was born in Vietnam and did not speak English, was having an argument with her mother and was shouting in Vietnamese when cops arrived.
Police say she came at the officer with a meat cleaver and refused orders to drop the weapon when he opened fire, Fox 8 News reported.
The disturbing video was released at the request of the Vo family, who maintain police acted improperly and did not need to fatally shoot Vo, who suffered from bipolar disorder.
A witness who called 911 can be heard saying that Vo was chasing her mother around the grounds of Aberdeen Townhomes with a knife.
Capt. Mike Richey says the blade was eight inches.
The body cam footage of officer Tim Bloch shows him asking people the whereabouts of Vo as the video starts.
The video captures the officer screaming, ‘put it down’, before firing several rounds.
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