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Norfolk CA clears officers of wrongdoing in deadly 2016 shooting


(ANITA) BUT, WE START TONIGHT WITH “JUSTIFIABLE SELF-DEFENSE.” THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY IN NORFOLK TODAY — CLEARING TWO OFFICERS FOR THEIR USE OF DEADLY FORCE. (TOM) THE REPORT SAYS THE SUSPECT — 43-YEAR-OLD WILLIE JAMES — ATTACKED OFFICERS WITH A KITCHEN KNIFE LAST JUNE, LEAVING OFFICERS WITH NO CHOICE BUT TO OPEN FIRE. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S JOE FISHER JOINS US NOW WITH REACTION FROM JAMES’ FAMILY ON TODAY’S OUTCOME. (JOE) TOM, ANITA — THIS EIGHT-PAGE REPORT RELEASED TODAY SAYS BODY CAMERA VIDEO CLEARLY SHOWS WILLIE JAMIES CHARGING AT THE OFFICERS, SWINGING A KNIFE. HOWEVER, FAMILY MEMBERS WHO WERE THERE THAT NIGHT SAY HE DID NOT HAVE A KNIFE — AND FEEL JUSTICE HASN’T BEEN SERVED. JOE FISHER REPORTING FOUR BODY CAMERA IMAGES SHOW THE MOMENTS BEFORE TWO OFFICERS FIRED THIRTEEN SHOTS — NINE OF THEM HITTING 43- YEAR-OLD WILLIE JAMES, KILLING HIM. WYNIAKIA JAMES/VICTIM’S NIECE ((C1 16:06)) “IT’S SO WRONG, MAN. I AM SO FRUSTRATED AND STRESSED OUT, LIKE REAL BAD.” FAMILY MEMBERS UPSET OVER THURSDAY’S DECISION BY THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY TO CLEAR THE TWO OFFICERS INVOLVED OF ANY WRONGDOING. ((C1 18:00)) “ANYBODY THAT KNOW HIM WOULD TELL YOU THE SAME THING, HE NEVER BOTHERED NOBODY.” JUNE 2ND, 2016 – POLICE ON PATROL IN NORFOLK’S TIDEWATER GARDENS NEIGHBORHOOD RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF STOLEN CAR. THAT’S WHEN PEOPLE NEARBY ON CHAPEL STREET TOLD OFFICERS JAMES HAD ASSAULTED SEVERAL FAMILY MEMBERS. THE REPORT SAYS JAMES DID NOT COMPLY WITH OFFICERS’ REQUEST TO COME DOWNSTAIRS. INSTEAD, THE OFFICERS SAY HE REACHED INTO HIS WAISTBAND — PULLED OUT A KNIFE WITH A 7-INCH BLADE — AND LEAPED TOWARD THEM. THE REPORT SAYS BODY CAMERA VIDEO AND DNA EVIDENCE PROVE JAMES HAD THE KNIFE IN HIS POSSESSION — BUT FAMILY MEMBERS ARGUE OTHERWISE. ((C1 12:01)) “HE HAD NO WEAPON, HE HAD NOTHING, HE WAS STANDING THERE JUST LOOKING, LIKE HE KNEW THEY WERE GOING TO DO SOMETHING TO HIM.” THE REPORT ADDRESSED THEIR CONCERNS — SAYING MANY WITNESSES MOVED TO WHERE THEY COULDN’T SEE JAMES’ ACTIONS. THEY WANT POLICE TO RELEASE THE FULL BODY CAMERA VIDEO. ((C1 19:09)) “WHY NOT RELEASE THIS VIDEO?” “BECAUSE THEY EDITED AND THEY CUT SOME STUFF OUT.” JAMES’ FAMILY SAYS HE SUFFERED FROM SCHIZOPHRENIA — AND ONE OF THE OFFICERS INVOLVED KNEW OF HIS CONDITION. THE REPORT SAYS OFFICERS DID THEIR JOB IN ATTEMPTING TO DIFFUSE THE SITUATION — BUT JAMES’ DAUGHTER STILL BELIEVES NINE MONTHS LATER, THEY COULD HAVE DONE MORE. (JOE) AN AUTOPSY REPORT ALSO SHOWS JAMES HAD ALCOHOL IN HIS SYSTEM. IN 2010 — A JUDGE RULED HIM “NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY” FOR THREE COUNTS OF ASSAULT ON A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. AS FOR THE RELEASE OF THAT FULL, UNEDITED BODY CAMERA VIDEO — I DID PUT A CALL INTO THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE AND THE MAYOR’S OFFICE — I’M TOLD I’LL GET AN ANSWER IN THE MORNING. IN THE NEWSROOM – JF 10 ON YOUR SIDE, ANITA?

Cesar Sullivan

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