Newly Released Bodycam Video Shows Moment Officer Enters Home Without Identifying Himself, Fires Into Room of Black Men, Fatally Shooting Unarmed Teen

Newly released body camera footage shows the harrowing series of events that led to the fatal shooting of an unarmed African-American teen by San Antonio police.

The video, obtained by local San Antonio station KENS 5 News, depicts the Oct. 17, 2018, encounter that spiraled into a police shooting that left 18-year-old Charles “Chop” Roundtree, Jr. dead.

Officer Steve Casanova fired the shot that struck Roundtree in the chest, mortally wounding him, according to the station. Police said the gunfire was actually meant for Roundtree’s friend, Davante Snowden, who authorities said took a “threatening” stance toward Casanova.

The incident unfolded as Casanova and two fellows officers responded to a complaint from Maria Herrera and Esteban Preciado, who was delivering an order of Mexican-style chicken soup to a home on a “troubled” block on the city’s West Side, the San Antonio Current reported. The pair told police a man had come out of a home located at 217 Roberts St. and struck Preciado in the face for parking on his block.

Casanova, who was already familiar with the home, logged the complaint and visited the property with two other officers. As reported KENS 5, San Antonio police had visited the house 130 times before, including 64 visits that were for drugs and six for gun-related incidents.

Bodycam footage shows Casanova knocking on the door, which was slightly open, before swinging it open to reveal Snowden, 18, Roundtree and eyewitness Taylor Singleton sitting in the living room.

“What’s up, man?” Casanova asks as he opens the front door. He doesn’t identify himself as a police officer.

“Hey, who the f–k is this?” Snowden responds, getting up from the couch with one hand tucked in his pants. That’s when the officer orders the teen to “lemme see your f—–g hands” before firing two shots into the home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Atlantablackstar.com

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