Officers were ordered by a court to release the bodycam images captured by Wende Kerl, who killed Danquirs Franklin in a Burger King parking lot on March 25.
Franklin is seen in the footage squatting in front of an open car door while Kerl and another officer shout: “Drop the gun. Drop it. Drop it now.”
Franklin’s firearm is not visible at first. Then, he moves his right hand to his pocket and appears to take out a gun in order to put it down. Kerl fires multiple times.
“You told me to,” Franklin said, looking up, before collapsing on the floor.
The video cuts off seconds later, after he slumps over.
Alongside a link to the video, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department tweeted it was “just one piece of evidence among many others to be considered in determining whether the shooting was justified.”