The Antioch Police Department has released body camera photos in response to a leaked cell phone video showing officers shooting burglary suspect Daniel Mackin earlier this month.
The department asserts that the leaked video does not provide a complete account of the incident.
The video, which was given to NBC Bay Area by a civil rights attorney, captured the moment when four Antioch police officers fired more than a dozen shots at Mackin from a balcony on October 1st. Despite being hit nine times, Mackin survived the incident. According to the officers involved, they resorted to lethal force after Mackin allegedly pointed a gun at them while attempting to flee.
The attorney who leaked the video demanded that the Antioch Police Department release the corresponding body camera footage to substantiate their claims. In response, the police department unveiled a series of photos from the body camera footage. These images reportedly show Mackin turning towards officers with a gun in his hand, pointing the weapon at the officers and the gun itself.
Authorities emphasize that the leaked video, filmed from a specific angle, does not depict the entirety of the situation. The released body camera photos, they argue, provide a more comprehensive perspective on the events leading up to the shooting.
In a surprising twist, the Antioch Police Department revealed that there was an outstanding warrant for Mackin’s arrest in connection with a homicide case. This new information adds a layer of complexity to the incident and raises questions about Mackin’s background.
The release of these body camera photos is anticipated to spark further debate and scrutiny regarding the use of force by law enforcement officers. The community awaits additional details and official statements as the investigation into the incident continues.
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