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New cellphone video shows fatal police shooting of Malcolm Johnson

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Posted at 11:13 AM, Jun 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-03 19:06:31-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — New video from a deadly police shooting inside a Kansas City, Missouri, gas station shows another perspective of the March 25 incident.

The video, obtained by 41 Action News on Thursday, shows the moments just before and after 31-year-old Malcolm Johnson was shot and killed inside the BP gas station at the corner of East 63rd Street and Prospect Avenue.

The video begins as five KCPD officers struggle with Johnson to bring him to the ground. Two more officers rush into the store and the struggle continues.

Around 45 seconds in, a single shot is fired. Three seconds after that, two additional shots are fired.

Shortly after the shots, an officer asks for a rag. The video ends there.

41 Action News has bleeped some curse words in the video, but it is otherwise unedited.

WATCH (Warning: Some viewers might find the content disturbing)

Police were searching for Johnson in connection to his alleged role in a previous shooting.

Earlier this week, a group of faith leaders released surveillance video of the shooting, calling it "an execution."

They said the video raises questions about the incident.

The faith leaders said that while they "do believe in police," they "don't believe in this type of policing."

A family representative at a press conference Tuesday disputed police's reports Johnson shot an officer in the leg.

Rather, they do not believe Johnson was armed at the time and a previous injury would have made it difficult for him to access a weapon.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is conducting the investigation into the shooting.

Tuesday afternoon, a MSHP representative said the patrol stands by its initial report Johnson was armed.

The group did turn over the surveillance video to MSHP.

KCPD Chief Rick Smith refused to watch that video as the shooting remains under investigation by MSHP.

Pastor Darron Edwards, of United Believers Community Church, told 41 Action News the group has also given the newest video to authorities.

MSHP representative Sgt. Bill Lowe confirmed the pastors did drop off the video.

Lowe said the video made public Thursday was "nothing new to us," and that troopers obtained any video taken inside the station early on in the investigation.

41 Action News asked Lowe a number of questions about the investigation, including how many guns were fired, if gunpowder was found on Johnson's hands, if there is a ballistics report, and if they could confirm the bullet that hit the officer came from a gun potentially in Johnson's possession.

Lowe did not comment on those aspects of the investigation, citing that it is still ongoing and "everything collected will be turned over to the prosecuting attorney."

Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jean Peters Baker issued the following statement Thursday afternoon.

We have received videos from witnesses and community members for our review. We are closely analyzing this information.

A part of our review will be an evaluation of any discrepancies between the original accounting of this event and the actual evidence, including any video evidence. Our job requires us to gather as many facts as we can and to use those facts to determine if charges are appropriate under Missouri law. In order to do that, a full and neutral investigation is necessary. Our duty requires we hold all accountable, no matter their position or power.

We are also evaluating our processes to determine how we might further engage with community to gain these necessary facts.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with a longer version of the video. A previous version of this article incorrectly spelled Malcolm Johnson's first name. It has since been corrected.