WARNING: GRAPHIC, HORRIFIC VIDEO.
Update: Man’s name now known. (Age also: 26 years old)
This execution took place earlier today (Wednesday, Dec 2nd) in the Bayview District of San Francisco. The video was originally posted to Instagram by “daniggahot” and through a succession of tweets made its way to Shaun King who, as far as I know, was the first to embed the video in a tweet, that which you can view below.
The man is alleged to have had a knife. Why a lone man with what must have been a small knife (it is hardly visible, if at all, in the video) would require a large number of police all intent on gunning him down is unanswered. San Francisco police claim to have fired less-lethal weapons at him but how multiple police firing less-lethals could not manage to subdue a single individual is bizarre.
The man, as yet unidentified, is confirmed dead here.
When someone has a knife, there would seem to be a simple strategy to employ that police seem unwilling to even consider: walk away. Instead of approaching, walk back. Put distance between you and the person wielding the knife, and then try to de-escalate. Unless there are people the person is trying to stab, there is generally no immediate danger to a man holding a knife at ten or twenty yards — am I right?
Instead we have another young black man dead at the hands and hail of bullets of police terror. This is the second “officer-involved shooting” in San Francisco this month.
#BlackLivesMatter 🙏🏽I jus seen dis today it was crazy man pic.twitter.com/...
— Bigbosspac2L (@pacobaco_) December 3, 2015
UPDATE: Just saw another video of the execution, from the opposite side.
WARNING: OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE.
A better video from the same angle as above.