A dramatic new video shows the moment a Michigan officer shoots and kills a 19-year-old woman at a Juneteenth parade — and then crumples to the ground in tears.
Authorities said the woman, Briana Sykes, drove up to the cop, who was on traffic duty during the Flint parade on Saturday, and fired at the officer, Fox affiliate WJBK-TV reported.
The unnamed officer is seen on the footage yelling for Sykes to drop the weapon before he fires into the car.
Police tried to revive Sykes at the scene to no avail — and the sobbing officer is seen falling to the ground in anguish.
Sykes was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead, authorities said.
“I kind of feel like him dropping, it was the devastation of the whole situation,” one eyewitness told the station. “I feel like the police was doing his job. He had a life to protect. Not only his, but we had a parade full of kids.”
Michigan State Police are investigating the officer-involved shooting but said witnesses and other cops at the scene confirmed that Sykes fired first and refused commands.
The dead woman’s sister said she does not blame the officer — and in fact, feels bad for him, she told the Daily Mail.
She told DailyMail.com: ‘I do feel horrible for the officer who did it and I’m not upset at him or anyone else. As well as the bystanders. Nobody deserves to see or experience that.’
‘I want to make sure people who are going through tough times know that therapy and counseling is okay.’
Nala said that Briana’s boyfriend, who she did not name, had been killed in a shooting which did not involve police just three days earlier.
She added: ‘She wasn’t a bad person, nor violent.’
Nonetheless, the officer was placed on administrative leave after the shooting, Michigan State Police Lt. Kim Vetter told mlive.com.
This is an excerpt from the New York Post.
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