Unarmed Teen Was Surrendering When Cops Shot at Him 16 Times

Claire Bernish | The Free Thought Project
Video footage has once again proven police frequently either assess a potential threat situation incorrectly or simply craft fictitious narratives to justify a wholly unnecessary use of force. Keston Charles miraculously survived being fired upon 16 times during a foot pursuit by the NYPD, who claimed the Brooklyn teen had drawn a weapon — but surveillance footage obtained exclusively by the New York Daily News proves the cops’ story was all but an outright lie.





On December 9, 2013, 15-year-old Charles had been armed only with a BB gun — which has drawn comparisons to the Cleveland police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 — as he fled Officer Jonathan Rivera on foot.

Police had previously claimed Charles repeatedly took aim at Rivera with the BB gun, which the officer believed to be a real firearm — so Rivera, they said, had been justified in firing upon the teen 16 times.

But surveillance video flatly disputes that claim — showing that though Charles, indeed, ran from Rivera through a residential complex, he never once aimed the BB gun at the officer or acted in a threatening manner.





Charles was shot in the buttocks during the pursuit — then twice more, in the side and chest, after he dropped the fake weapon and was in the act of surrendering to police with his hands above his head, his lawyers stated.

“I put up my hands, they was still shooting,” Charles stated in a deposition, according to the Daily News.

Despite the particularly clear evidence captured on video, the city — as in, the police — still believe the footage proves its case.

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