Belcher found sleeping in car morning of shootings, cop says 'We're going to cut you a break'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Police were called after Jovan Belcher was found sleeping in a car in the early morning hours of Dec. 1. Newly-released dash cam video shows an officer telling Belcher, "We're going to cut you a break" only hours before he killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, and himself.

The video is posted on the Kansas City Police Department's YouTube channel. (Audio turns on at the 4:57 mark.)

The officers checked on Belcher after he was found sleeping in his car outside an apartment complex in the 700 block of E. Armour Boulevard around 2:50 a.m. Saturday.

In the video, an officer comments on the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker's brand-new Bentley and asks him what he does for a living.

The officers then ask Belcher where he was planning on going.

Officer: Where are you headed? Upstairs in this building? So you aren't going to be driving anywhere?


Officer: You just need to go upstairs, dude. That's going to be your best bet. We're going to cut you a break.


Officer: You know you got a lot riding, and you have a lot to lose.

According to police, Belcher said he was "waiting for his girlfriend" outside the building. A police spokesperson told 41 Action News earlier this week that Belcher may have been drinking before the officers found him, but he did not appear intoxicated and was very cooperative.

In the video, the officers make sure Belcher will not be driving anywhere soon.

Officer: Call your girl and head back upstairs for awhile.

Belcher: Yeah.

Officer: I say we try to stay up there for the night, sound cool?

Belcher: Man, y'all don't understand. I have to deal with my other girl, man.

Officer: I understand how that's working, but you're passing out in the car... (inaudible)

Belcher: I wasn't driving.

Officer: I understand you weren't driving, but you are in the car and the car is running.

After that exchange, Belcher thanked the officers.

Police said Belcher dialed a number on his cellphone, and a woman came out of the apartment complex and let him in.

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A few hours later, he killed Perkins before shooting himself in the head.

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