City of East Lansing releases footage of police shooting at Meijer
WARNING: The released footage contains images of a police shooting.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Officials from the City of East Lansing and the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) released video footage from the April 25 police shooting at Meijer.
The video released Thursday was only part of the video recorded. East Lansing Police Chief Kim Johnson said they only released part of the video due to the ongoing investigation by Michigan State Police.
The city’s Police Oversight Commission voted unanimously during an April 28 meeting to mandate East Lansing Police Department release footage of the incident. They gave the department until Thursday, May 5 to release bodycam and dashcam footage of the shooting.
“We are releasing video footage of the incident here today as a part of our commitment to transparency,” said Johnson. “Building public trust means remaining present in these challenging times, engaging in tough conversations and being as transparent as possible with our community members.”
According to authorities, East Lansing police responded to a weapons complaint at the Meijer on Lake Lansing Road. Video captured the man run out of the store as officers arrived. A total of seven shots can be heard in the video. Johnson said the man was shot twice.
”It is extremely disturbing, we have never had a situation like this in the history of our department. Anytime our police officers discharge a weapon outside of training is extremely disturbing,” Johnson said. “We have training for all different aspects of policing -- De-escalation, use of force, engaging with our citizens, things of that nature. We have a long list of training stuff they have to complete on a yearly basis and sometimes three or four times a year.”
Johnson was joined by East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas to provide brief remarks prior to the release of the video footage.
“We want to reassure our community that we are listening, and we are committed to doing the right things in terms of process to ensure that we get the answers that are needed, make decisions accordingly and, ultimately, move forward as a community,” Lahanas said.
The two police officers involved are on paid administrative leave while Michigan State Police investigate the incident. The investigation will be reviewed by the Office of the Attorney General, who will decide if anyone will be charged with a crime.
No one has been charged with a crime with the incident.
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