Police-provided video shows New York City cop Brendan Thompson shooting and killing Kawaski Trawick, who was having a mental health crisis. Officer Herbert Davis was also on the scene on April 14, 2019.

(WARNING: This video incorporates violent footage of the capturing that might not be appropriate for youthful readers and tough to look at for different viewers.)


The encounter started, as many do, with a noise criticism from one in every of Trawick’s neighbors. Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark stated in a 42-page investigation report that the neighbor referred to as constructing safety. A safety employee informed Trawick on an intercom ”to maintain the noise down as a result of his neighbors had been complaining.” Trawick refused and left the constructing eight minutes later holding a big stick, in accordance with the report. When officers arrived, he was holding a serrated kitchen knife and cooking, Trawick informed them.

Police Chief Terence Monahan stated at a press convention the day after the capturing that officers informed Trawick repeatedly to drop the weapons and he didn’t. Thompson even shocked Trawick with a Taser, and though he fell to the ground, he didn’t keep down, Monahan stated. “As the officers moved inside the apartment to disarm (the) suspect and take him into custody he suddenly jumped to his feet and charged at the officers from a short distance – still with the knife and stick in his hands,” Monahan stated in ready remarks. “The officers exited the condo, however the suspect was nonetheless advancing rapidly towards them.

“At that point, one of the officers discharged his service weapon four times at the direction of the suspect, striking him in the chest.”

The video the New York City Police Department (NYPD) launched almost 20 months after the capturing was edited to incorporate footage from Thompson’s physique digicam, constructing surveillance video, 911 audio, proof photographs, and a videotaped rationalization of the division’s investigation course of. The footage exhibits Trawick pacing the halls of Hill House, a supportive housing facility for these battling habit, psychological well being, and different points. He wore boxers, calf-high boots, and a lengthy black vest as he roamed the constructing’s halls. At occasions, he knocked on doorways, tapping them with the stick, elevating his arms, and speaking.

(WARNING: This video incorporates violent footage of the capturing that might not be appropriate for youthful readers and tough to look at for different viewers.)

According to police, a number of individuals referred to as 911 to report that Trawick gave the impression to be “intoxicated” and “losing his mind.” A constructing safety guard stated in 911 audio: “I have a tenant in the building who is harassing tenants and supers.” She described Trawick as “short” and “bald” and gave a description of what he wore. She also said he was banging on the super’s door in the basement. Trawick, who called 911 minutes after the guard, told authorities he was locked out of his apartment, that someone was trying to attack him, and that there was a fire that threatened his life. “If you do not hurry up we’ll burn down,” he could possibly be heard saying in 911 audio. 

Other surveillance video that the district lawyer’s workplace launched Nov. 17 exhibits firefighters arriving and leaving shortly after figuring out there had been no fireplace. By the time Thompson and police officer Herbert Davis, a Black man, arrived at about 11 PM, Trawick was in his fourth-floor condo. There was a 30-second buffer in Thompson’s physique digicam video throughout which no audio was obtained, police stated. Davis, a virtually 16-year veteran of the division, wasn’t sporting a physique digicam, police stated. When he knocked on Trawick’s door, Davis pushed the door open and is seen within the constructing surveillance video taking out his baton. Thompson, who has been on the drive about three years, started aiming his Taser at Trawick from exterior Trawick’s condo. Video doesn’t present that Trawick ever consented to officers coming into his condo. Their interplay with Trawick occurred at his doorway. 

When the sound picks up on Thompson’s physique digicam video, Trawick can be heard asking, “Why are you in my home?” Officers didn’t reply his query. Trawick was sporting his boxers and boots and holding the knife as Thompson continued aiming his Taser, which shined a small purple laser gentle on the tenant. When Trawick turned his again to officers to show his music down, he returned with the knife and stick in hand. “Put it down,” Davis ordered. “We ain’t gonna tase him,” he informed Thompson, who inside seconds observed Trawick’s knife. “Oh, he’s got a knife,” Thompson stated.

Hearing the commentary, Trawick stated: “I have a knife because I’m cooking.” He didn’t observe officers’ repeated orders to “drop the knife,” and officers didn’t reply his repeated query of why they had been there because the fireplace division had already come and gone. At one level, Trawick started mumbling to himself and motioning to his head, and Thompson shocked Trawick with the Taser. Video confirmed him falling and later leaping up, grabbing the stick, and yelling, “I’m gonna kill you all! Get out!” He ran away from officers, then again towards them. And as a substitute of once more firing his Taser, Thompson fired his gun 4 occasions at Trawick, capturing him twice, police stated. Thompson requested an ambulance and Trawick was taken to Bronx Lebanon Hospital, the place he died of his accidents, police stated. 

Both NYPD officers acquired deescalation coaching and are taught to “isolate and contain” individuals throughout psychological well being crises, in accordance with division coverage. District Attorney Clark stated in a press launch prosecutors discovered “no criminality” in Trawick’s loss of life, however that modifications are nonetheless wanted. “Once again, we have a death that painfully illustrates that changes are needed in the response to those in mental health crisis, and that we as a community must do better to provide appropriate assistance for residents of supportive housing in the City,” Clark stated. “There should be remedy and companies available to forestall individuals from reaching some extent the place they might trigger hurt to themselves or others.

“I continue to encourage a productive conversation about how to better approach calls to help people in crisis to avoid an escalation resulting in a fatality.”