St. Louis Police have turned over the Kajieme Powell shooting case to prosecutor’s office for review. Powell was fatally shot on Aug. 19 by two St. Louis police officers 10 days after Michael Brown was killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
Kajieme Powell was shot to death in the 8700 block of Riverview. A bystander captured the shooting on a cellphone video that went viral. Powell was seen wielding a knife and coming towards the officers before he was gunned down.
St. Louis County Police Chief Sam Dotson said the case was reviewed by the newly formed Force Investigative Unit, charged with investigating police shootings.
Dotson said, “Once the circuit attorney’s office has reviewed the findings and a decision is rendered, all findings permissible under the Sunshine Law will be released to the public,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Powell stole energy drinks and pastries from the Six Stars Market prior to the fatal shooting. He was behaving erratically, pacing and talking to himself. Once the police arrived on the scene, he shouted, “Shoot me. Kill me now.”
The video was at odds with the police officers’ account of the distance from Powell at the time of the shooting. Chief Dotson said Kajieme Powell was two to three feet away when the officers opened fire. The video shows that he was much further away.