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On New Year's Eve, a Seattle Police officer shot and killed a man on Aurora Avenue
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On New Year's Eve, a Seattle Police officer shot and killed a man on Aurora Avenue

Here's what a criminal justice expert saw in the SPD New Year's Eve shooting footage

Kim Malcolm talks with criminal justice professor Peter Moskos about the New Year's Eve police shooting in Seattle that killed 36-year-old Iosia Faletogo.

Moskos is a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, and he's a former police officer in Baltimore.

"It does appear at the actual moment that one of the officers fired his gun — at that split second — there didn't seem to be an immediate threat," Moskos said of the video that SPD released after the shooting.

"There were lots of threats before that, though, which I find interesting," he continued. "I mean, there was a loaded gun the guy was reaching for and (...) he was fighting cops. But at that the half second before the shot was fired the guy's hands were not moving."

Moskos added that he worried about the level of panic he heard in the voice of the officer who warned Faletogo he was going to be shot.

"That is often not conducive to good decision making," Moskos said.

Hindsight, Moskos added, is 20/20. It's important to consider, too, that officers responding to the scene might not have encountered anything like it before — and even video might not tell the whole story.

To listen to the full interview, click the play button above.

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