Body cam footage of Benton Harbor fatal shooting wanted; 'Soon,' police say

Many Benton Harbor residents want to see the body cam footage of the overnight shooting.

BENTON HARBOR, MICH. - A crowd gathered in the neighborhood where a 28-year-old man was shot and killed by police ask for clarity on what exactly happened overnight.

It seems only time will tell, with body camera footage expected to be released sometime Tuesday, Oct. 18, Benton Harbor Police director Daniel McGinnis said earlier. Three of the four officers involved were wearing cameras, and the public will be able to see it once the family have the opportunity themselves.

City mayor Marcus Muhammad urges people to stay calm at the request of family, who identified the victim of Darius Wimberly.

He doesn't anticipate many protests in the wake of the shooting, however, he said he understands how people could be angry.

"If he was trying to shoot and kill somebody, no other officer was hurt, there was no hole in the car," friend Canvas Smith said. "All I know is he is dead, and they didn't even have the decency to wash the blood off.

"His family had to wash the blood off, they treated it like it was nothing."

Police say the footage, when released, will show the "whole picture" of what happened.

"You can see muzzle flash" of the suspect's gun, said McGinnis earlier. "By putting the various officers' body cams together you can see the whole picture."

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