Police body cam footage of the fatal shooting May 3 of Malik Carey in Grand Rapids has been released, and it makes you fully understand the unanticipated dangers of police work.

Warning: this video could be disturbing to some viewers. 

The video, which was posted to the Police Activity YouTube feed this week, describes what went down this way:

The Kent County prosecutor says Grand Rapids officers were justified in fatal shooting of 18-year-old man during a gun battle earlier this month. Prosecutor Chris Becker released his decision Tuesday, along with dash camera and body camera video showing the May 3 shooting of Malik Carey. The footage from dashcams and bodycams shows officers approach Carey as he was seated in the back seat of a car on Dickinson Street near Kalamazoo Avenue SE. They were looking for him in coordination with Grand Rapids Public Schools because he hadn’t been showing up for class. Prosecutors say Carey gave a fake name, so officers waited to get a picture of him to confirm he was the person they were looking for. In the meantime, Carey and one of the officers chatted nonchalantly about Carey’s dreadlocks.


Officers were able to confirm Carey's identity, and that's when things got violent.

Carey can be seen pulling a gun out of the waistband of his pants, causing officers to scramble, and one of them to shout, "gun!" repeatedly.

Prosecutors says that Carey was able to fire four shots before police returned fire.

No officers were injured, and Carey later died at the hospital.

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