Justified Or Murder? Police Shoot & Kill Mentally Ill Houston Man Who Lunged At Them With Knife [Video]

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26-year old Michael Blair was a suicidal, paranoid schizophrenic, according to his family. Relatives called Houston police to their home last November for help after Blair locked himself in a bathroom and refused to come.

When officers responded to the scene they attempted to convince Blair to come out of the bathroom.

"We will kick in the door and I don't wanna do it," one of the officers tell Blair, before eventually busting the door open.

As Blair tries unsuccessfully to close the door again, police notice that he has a knife.

Michael Blair

Blair is tasered while being commanded to drop the knife over 50 times, which he never does. When Blair appears to lunge towards the officers they shoot him 11 times, killing him.

The officers were later cleared of any wrongdoing after an internal investigation and, later, when the case was presented in front of a grand jury.

The shooting was caught on camera by the surveillance system at the home. Blair's family did not release it until now. They believe the mentally ill man was murdered and want the investigation reopened.

"All that we're asking is that someone recognize what we recognize," Blair's mother, Kimberly Blair, told reporters at a news conference. "That was brutality."

Civil rights activist Quanell X is assisting the family in their quest for a new investigation.

“These cases are always lied (about),” Quanell said. “And truths are never told.”'

Watch the video below. Was this a justified shooting?





Source: New York Daily News



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Comment by SMP on May 13, 2014 at 6:15pm
too many shots but he did attack them...
Comment by Extra Domus on May 13, 2014 at 2:21pm
whatever happened to shooting to neutralize? like in the leg or some s***...
Comment by T.T.S. on May 13, 2014 at 10:25am
I'm really f*cking tired of seeing these fat black mothers all the time on the news talking like their son was the most innocent angel ever born on Earth, and the police brutality was so wrong, etc. His family called the police on him while he was acting violent, I mean what did they think would happen? A quiet get together with tea and biscuits?
Try that sh*t is Eastern Europe, and attack police officers with a knife, I guarantee you won't be asked 50 times to drop it before you get shot.
Comment by CDeezNutz on May 13, 2014 at 9:12am
Justified! Look, it's either my life or his. F*** that nonsense. He got what he deserved, he wanted to die anyway.
Comment by Killer Kingdam on May 13, 2014 at 6:12am
@ Instant Classic Productionz - did you not watch the video?? 11 shots was a bit dramatic tho
Comment by BED ROC on May 13, 2014 at 12:21am
Justifiable
Comment by drew o_o on May 12, 2014 at 11:51pm
look at the title... "WHO LUNGED AT THEM WITH KNIFE"..... cmon now even read the s*** "Blair is tasered while being commanded to drop the knife over 50 times"... the f*** you think is gonna happen
Comment by Them504boyz on May 12, 2014 at 8:32pm
And they hire cops like nothing now. Nwo
Comment by Them504boyz on May 12, 2014 at 8:31pm
It's a cold world and these pigs will be the first to die when shi-t goes down. Don't trip N***** r.i.p god bless the dead
Comment by East Shadow on May 12, 2014 at 4:57pm
11 shots yea dats too much but i would of shot his a** too cop or not better yet i would of tazed him



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