According to reports from the New York Daiy News and The Guardian Mrs Mae Wright, James's ssiter, called 911 because her brother who was an “emotionally disturbed person” was dehydrating and urgently needed help. The New York Police Department says, when they arrived, James grabbed a knife and without any raison lunched an attack on them. To defend themselves, they used a stun gun on him which had no effect because it struck a loose portion of his sweatpants. That is why they shot him.
But James's uncle and sister, who witnessed the encounter, say he indeed did grab a knife and was moving towards the police officers, but he was more than 4 meters far from them when they shot him and at that distance James whith his knife posed no threat to the officers. James's uncle and sister further claim that the police tasered James after they shot him instead of helping him. In its edition of January 04, 2017 The Observer repports that according to they NYPD, the shooting of James is to be blamed on the taser that did not work and that, since the taser did not work, the officer hat no other option than shooting James. Some family members of James when interviewed, claim to have the impression that police officers first shot James before applying the taser.
Were the police officers not wearing body-cams? if not, why? If they were wearing them, this probably would have helped bringing light into what really happened on that day.
Now suppose you have a fire wearpon and a 63-year-old person is moving towards you with a knife and you have made sure the person has nothing else in their hands but a knife. Suppose further that though you are far younger, the only option you have is to shoot the person. Should you shoot the person dead? You can also contribute! Your financial contribution, as well as your contribution through articles or translation are very appreciated.