Neither angle makes it clear what happens next, but it is established that the officers shot and killed the African American.
The videos have recently emerged amid controversy after an attempted arrest last Thursday and another African-American man, Dyer Nichols, was severely beaten by Memphis police in early January in South America.
Mr. Nichols, 29, died on January 10, three days after being beaten by multiple officers. In this case, 5 police officers were dismissed and charged with murder.
Police in Huntington Park, a small town on the outskirts of Los Angeles, said officers responded to a stabbing by a man in a wheelchair.
The suspect, who was holding a 30-centimeter knife, ignored officers’ orders to drop it and threatened to “throw the knife,” a police report cited by several US media said.
Officers lost control and fired a Taser twice, police said.
“The suspect continued to threaten officers with a butcher knife, which resulted in an officer-involved shooting,” police said in their statement, without specifying how many officers fired.
Available videos show Anthony Lowe holding a knife-like object. In the pictures, he walks away from the police, not towards them.
According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, which is in charge of the investigation, two officers called Mr. Lowe was shot about 10 times before he was shot in the chest and died at the scene.
At a press conference on Monday, Mr Low’s family explained that he suffered from mental illness. His relatives did not report that he had stabbed another person.
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