The officer who fired the fatal bullets was cleared of any wrongdoing. Now, the family of Michael Blair has given the video to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, hoping for a federal investigation. Community activist Quanell X (pictured right of center) has joined the family in saying Blair never should’ve been shot.
Watch video of the shooting here:
In the video, the officers are first seen attempting to coax Blair out of the bathroom, where he had locked himself, prompting the 911 call. Blair suffered from schizophrenia and was suicidal, his mother claims. “Hey, if you don’t open the door, we’re gonna kick it in,” one officer warns outside the bathroom door. “We will kick in the door, and I don’t wanna do it.”
As they try reasoning with Blair, the officers also attempt to jimmy open the door’s lock. They soon become more frustrated.
“Michael, you wanna do this the easy way,” the officer adds. “Don’t make it the hard way.” Soon after, the officers manage to pry open the door, seeing Blair with the knife.
Blair then closes the door again, before the officer makes good on his words to kick it down. Though the view of Michael is somewhat obscured, he can be seen holding what appears to be a knife to his throat. “Don’t do it!” the officers repeatedly shout at him. “I do not wanna shoot you!” Seconds later, the second officer tasers Blair, causing him to fall to the ground.
He continues tasing Blair, all the while the first officer yells, “Drop the knife!” Blair manages to rise up once again, prompting the first officer to shoot him nine times. His mother can be heard screaming, “Oh Jesus!” in the background.
The officer was also cleared by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office in the incident.
Photo Highlights: President Obama Chicago Farewell Speech
President Barack Obama makes his final farewell speech in his hometown of Chicago. Arriving at O'hare airport on Airforce One Tuesday, early evening was First Lady Michelle Obama, daughter Malia and Vice President Joe Biden along with wife, Jill Biden.
Making a final journey as the 44th President of the United States, expressways and local South Side streets were cleared as traffic stood at a complete when the 20-vehicle caravan made its way to Valois Restaurant in Hyde Park. There, President Obama conducted a one-on-one interview with NBC anchorman, Lester Holt before proceeding to give his farewell speech at McCormick Place.
Nearly 20,000 attendees packed the nearly standing-room only space in the East wing of the McCormick Place as VIP attendees sat upfront to hang onto the President's every word. There were various groups that traveled from far and near to be a part of history including celebrity sightings from Sharon Stone to Empire's Jussie Smollett--local and state dignitaries. Opening up the ceremony was a special performance by Hip hop/R&B singer, BJ the Chicago Kid showcasing belting out the national anthem is a smart blue suit.
Once President Obama hit the stage, the electric energy of emotions ran throughout the audience. At times, the crowd's applause was so loud that it impossible to hear him but there were moments that silence rippled throughout the venue--knowing this would be his last time addressing his hometown as Chief of Staff.
In his signature style of class, poise and honor--he addressed the various strides that he and his administration has made over the last eight years in protecting America's democracy. His emotions got the best of him when he addressed his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia who sat in the front row along with Vice President Joe Biden, wife Jill and his mother-in-law--Marian Shields Robinson.
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">“Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful and full of passion. You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad.”</span></p>
<p class="p1">After the speech, the Obama family took time out to walk along the barricades, greeting and shaking hands with supporters and friends. The scene was definitely historic and we knew it was the end of an era of class that will not be duplicated in the White House for a very long time.</p>
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