After Tuesday’s release of body camera footage that appeared to justify a police shooting earlier this month in St. Paul, police chief Todd Axtell had a strong message for the community about rushing to judgment in these tragedies.
“You know wearing a badge does not automatically make you wrong, any more than standing in the street with a megaphone automatically makes you right.”
-In the wake of the shooting, protests were quickly organized in the community. On the video 31-year-old, Ronald Davis can be seen running at Officer Steven Mattson with an object in his hand. The BCA confirmed the object was a knife. Mattson can be heard telling Davis to drop the knife and “Get away from me.” The encounter, which began when Davis rear-ended Mattson’s squad car, lasted 13 seconds.