The Metropolitan Police Department has released body cam video on Wednesday of a man who was fatally shot by an officer during a reported domestic disturbance on Christmas Day in Northeast Washington. Police say Gerald Hall, 29, refused repeated commands to drop a knife he was carrying. Hall was shot by the officer and died from his injuries at an area hospital. A knife was recovered, according to police. The officers involved in the shooting were placed on routine administrative leave, and authorities say those officers were wearing body cameras which were reviewed as part of an investigation. Hall’s family claims the body cam footage authorities allowed them to watch disputes what police say actually occurred.
“On this video [you will] hear the officer say, ‘Put the knife down, put the knife down, put the knife down!’” said Q James, Hall’s cousin. “But you will also not see a knife in his hand to put down.” “I am absolutely certain — absolutely certain — that he did not have a knife,” Hall’s sister, Riquita McCain, said after watching the video. “I have no idea why that man shot my brother.” Hall’s family say his girlfriend is in the video and they say she tells officers he did not have a knife. The shooting took place in the 3200 block of Walnut Street, NE.