Recently obtained video footage casts new light on the 2013 shooting of Keston Charles. The 15-year-old black Brooklyn teen was running away from New York police officers when they opened fire on him in December of that year, hitting him once in the buttocks and twice in the side and chest.
Surveillance footage — obtained exclusively and published Friday by the New York Daily News — shows that Charles had his back turned when the first bullet hit him, and was raising his hands in surrender when the next two hit.
The NYPD officer took 16 shots total. Charles survived after being put in a medically induced coma for three weeks and undergoing surgery. He was holding a BB gun at the time of the foot chase, but no BB gun is visible in the video when the last two shots hit the teen.
The video could be key in Charles’ family finding justice.