He Should Have Dropped the Bottle

Multiple bodycam views of the encounter are in the entire video. If you get tired of hearing the cop tell the guy to “drop the bottle” advance to the 10:00 mark. Seems to me the Chris Rock method of interacting with the cops would have easily prevented this encounter. Just do what the cops say and you may live to see the next day.

Ventnor, New Jersey — The Attorney General’s Office released video recordings from officer body-worn cameras related to the shooting on Aug. 6, 2020 in Ventnor, N.J., in which police officers fatally shot Amir Johnson, 30, of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. The shooting remains under investigation by the Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability. However, the video recordings are being released pursuant to Attorney General Directive 2019-4, the “Independent Prosecutor Directive,” which governs use-of-force investigations in New Jersey and requires that such records, if requested, be released to the public once the initial phase of the investigation is substantially complete. Investigators met with relatives of Mr. Johnson to review the 911 audio recording and the video recordings from the body-worn cameras worn by three police officers.

According to the preliminary investigation, at approximately 4:16 p.m., Ventnor and Atlantic City Police Department officers responded to a 911 call concerning a man behaving erratically in the vicinity of Wellington Avenue and West End Avenue. When the responding officers encountered the man, later identified as Amir Johnson, he was walking in and out of a marshy area along the roadway, while holding a broken glass bottle in his hand. The officers attempted to engage Mr. Johnson and offer him assistance, but he refused to comply with their commands, including repeated requests for him to drop the bottle. Instead, he continued to walk back and forth on the roadway, where officers had stopped traffic for safety reasons.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., Mr. Johnson advanced on officers with the broken bottle in his hand and multiple officers fired their weapons, fatally wounding him. He was rushed by ambulance to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City Campus, where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 6:00 p.m. The Attorney General’s Office previously released the identity of the police officers who fired at Mr. Johnson. They are Officers Michael Arena, Pierluigi Mancuso, and Robert Scarborough of the Ventnor Police Department. The investigation is being conducted pursuant to a state law enacted in January 2019 (P.L.2019, c.1), which requires that the Attorney General’s Office conduct investigations of a person’s death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody.

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6 Responses to He Should Have Dropped the Bottle

  1. dekare says:

    How many cops were there and the only one that has a tazer, didn’t bother to charge it up or make sure it was working before his shift began? Did no one had less lethal, such as a bean bag shotgun available either? There must have been what, at least ten cops, and no one had anything but handguns…WTF? Now, I am not condemning any of these cops, and I was not there and can only comment on what I see in the video, but someone should have been able to subdue this idiot without having to shoot him. It’s not like they didn’t have plenty of time. It’s not like the cop got out of his car and instantly some idiot with a broken bottle is coming at him. They had over 20 minutes to formulate some plan that did not involve shooting the moron. All those cops and no working tazers, no less lethal, nothing else.

    I have some questions.

  2. Leonard Jones says:

    People like this have to be high on drugs or be clinically insane. If you charge
    a cop with a bottle or a rusty butterknife, you will get your ass shot dead. I used
    to work in a nuthouse when I was a young man. Most of the patients were drug
    burnouts who fried their brains and developed paranoid if not outright psychotic
    tendencies. I would say that 90+ percent of these shootings involve the mentally
    ill or people high on drugs!

  3. Andrew Pearce says:

    They don’t have batons, or know how to use them? One whack on the arm and the perp drops the bottle. Give him a nudge with the police car. Come the fuck on, 10 armed guys with vehicles against one stoned out loser?

    And all I can think is “oh great, now we’ll have another riot here in NJ when this vid gets out.”

  4. I agree with you guys it could have been ended without killing him. Though long term they probably did NJ a favour.

  5. redneckgeezer says:

    I can’t get over how long the cops tell this guy and tons of others, “Do this” or “Do that” or “we’ll take this particular action.” Then, they don’t take that action, they just beg the guy to stop doing whatever it is they want him to quit doing. It’s like the Keystone Cops sometimes. I’ve been there and I fully admit, I have not handled things well more than once, but it was only a year or two into my career when I realized, it’s time to quit fucking around with these people. If you tell someone you want them to do something and it’s legal, if they don’t do it, take action and quit fucking around. I don’t think this guy needed to die, but I’m not lamenting his death.

  6. Kenneth Lee says:

    He did end up Dropping the bottle!

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