Footage taken in the aftermath of a police shooting in Troy, N.Y., earlier this week shows a bloodied 22-year-old man writhing in distress on the concrete as police struggle to pin him down.
“Why’d you all shoot me?” Dahmeek McDonald is heard repeatedly asking officers as they try to hold him down. “I’m about to die. They shot me in the head.”
McDonald remains handcuffed and held on his stomach for much of the video as blood is seen streaming down his face. Witnesses can be heard in the background screaming for police to get him some medical attention — and fast.
McDonald was shot by Troy police Officer Jarrod Iler during a traffic stop Tuesday, Aug. 15, just before 7 p.m., the Albany Times Union reported. Authorities say he was wanted for an alleged parole violation after removing his ankle monitor a few months back.
At a press conference Wednesday, Aug. 16, Police Chief John Tedesco said McDonald was shot in the shoulder and another bullet grazed his head. He is expected to be okay and recover from his injuries.
Tedesco added that he couldn’t say whether McDonald was armed with a gun at the time of the shooting, as there were no police cameras that captured the bloody incident. He urged members of the community to come forward with any eyewitness accounts or information they had about the shooting that left McDonald injured.
As for the officer who fired his gun, Tedesco said Iler has been placed on administrative leave for 72 hours, as is customary for when any officer in their department discharges their gun. Three other police officers who were at the scene also were placed on leave, according to CBS News Albany.
Protesters gathered Wednesday about a block from the scene, after which they marched down a busy street to Troy City Hall. The crowd was escorted by local police and greeted by Mayor Patrick Madden once they reached City Hall, the news site reported.
Marchers chanted demands for Tedesco’s removal as police chief.