by Scott Creighton
There have now been three videos released showing the fatal shooting of Antonio Martin, an African-American teenager killed by a white police officer in St. Louis County. I discussed the first one yesterday and concluded that from it, no one could determine if that was a gun in Antonio’s hand, unless of course… that is what they WANTED to see.
The three videos are but a small percentage of the 31 cameras covering that area in the vicinity. The police say these are the ONLY ones that caught any of the action. Perhaps they should release all of them and let the public decide which ones caught the action and which did not. But that will never happen.
The officer involved was given a body camera to wear that night as he started his shift… but he “forgot” to wear it.
They also claim, the dashcam which was in the best position to record the entire event as it unfolded in front of the officer’s cruiser… was turned off.
That means, of the 33 videos that should exist of this incident, only 3 have been released.
Those three seem to imply that something was in Antonio’s hand but are certainly not conclusive. However, at least two have been intentionally edited to exclude something critical and one of them seems to show whatever was in Antonio’s hand was glowing… like the screen of a cell phone.