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The video you’re about to see is more than a year old, but we’re showing it to you today because it was featured last night on the premier episode of A&E’s new series PDCam, hosted by Sgt. Sean “Sticks” Larkin of the Tulsa Police Department’s gang unit. It is part of the quickly expanding franchise based on the absolute best thing on television right now, which is the Friday/Saturday night blowtorch known as Live PD.
While Live PD shows the events that occur during live ridealongs with various departments each Friday and Saturday night, PDCam shows the often-harrowing video that’s produced by dashcams, bodycams and, in this case, a glasses-cam worn by an officer.
Man - Video - Robbery - Suspect - Officer
I’ll set this up for you: The man you see in the video is a robbery suspect, and Officer Quincy Smith of Estill, South Carolina is ordering suspect Malcolm Orr to stop as he walks away. Orr has his right hand in his pocket, and that always represents a danger to police officers because there’s no way of knowing if a suspect has a gun in that pocket. So Smith continually gives Orr commands to a) stop walking; and b) take his hand out of his pocket.
Orr defies both commands, keeps walking and keeps his hand in his pocket. Smith threatens to tase Orr if Orr doesn’t heed his commands. You can see Smith’s taser aimed at Orr. But he never gets the chance to use the taser before Orr pulls a gun out of his right pocket and fires eight times at Smith – hitting him three times in the neck and in the arm.
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