On Monday, the Tulsa Police Department released body cam and dash cam footage of the night two police officers were shot.
The shooting occurred June 29, 2020 near 21st and Memorial in Tulsa.
A judge ruled the video could be released, as requested by the suspected shooter’s attorney.
Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin held a news conference ahead of the video release. Chief Franklin said he wanted to provide context to the video by describing what can be seen.
Franklin outlined the nature of the traffic stop and detailed the repeated attempts made by the officers to resolve the situation.
“Forty times, they asked him to exit that vehicle before they used any type of force.” Chief Franklin said. “Seven times, he was warned before he was tased.”
Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum posted to Facebook after watching the video himself, urging others to avoid it.
“I understand the legal reasons for its release. I respect the citizens' right to see the actions of their officers.” Bynum wrote. “But if you revere these brave men as I do, then don’t watch this video. Don’t share it. Just say a prayer for them, their families, and all who risk their lives to keep us safe.”
Below are edited versions of the videos that show the moments leading up to the shooting.
WARNING: Viewer discretion is advised.