Kajieme Powell Shooting: Does Video Support St. Louis Police Account? [GRAPHIC CONTENT]

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Kajieme Powell, a St. Louis resident, was shot and killed by police Tuesday, just a few miles from the tension that continues to simmer in Ferguson, Mo.

In a case that has drawn parallels to the death of Michael Brown for more reasons than geographic proximity, officers claimed they feared for their lives.

Powell charged at them with a knife, which he held with an “overhand grip” and came within 3-4 feet of the officers, they say, at which time they fired.

The fatal confrontation was captured on this graphic cell phone video:

The incident stemmed from a call by a Six Star Market owner after Powell allegedly stole two energy drinks, according to local news station KSDK.

Reports from witnesses claim that Powell was behaving erratically, pacing back and forth on the street and talking to himself, while carrying the knife.

St. Louis Metro Police Chief Sam Dotson said the officers only shot because this was a suspect with a knife coming within 3-4 feet of the officers.

This cell phone video of the altercation calls into question, at least in part, the officers' version of events, and Dotson’s defense of them, however.

Told by two officers to drop the knife, Powell begins yelling “shoot me, shoot me, shoot me now,” as he walks onto a ledge then steps off as if to approach.

He is killed almost immediately upon stepping toward the police.

Hands at his sides, it appears to some observers as if Powell never came within more than 10 feet of them before they shot him dead on the spot.

Given the protests in Ferguson, the city, state and nation are understandably on edge over controversial cases such as this and Michael Brown's.

While Powell's actions would give anybody pause, we are once again left with a case that has sparked widespread controversy over the use of lethal force.

What do you think? Watch the video above and comment below.

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THAT POOR eNeIGRA IS SOON GONNA BE AT THE LOCAL BLACK MORGUE ... GET ALL BUTT RAPED BY THE eH.OMO eNeIIG.GERS THEIR .
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ONCE AGAIN , THE WHITE PEOP;LE HAVE SHOWN THAT THE WHITE POLICE ARE THE TOUGHEST STREET GANG OUT THERE !!!!
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Horrifying to say the least. It's seems like shoot first ask no questions

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I do not believe that he should have been shot to his death by police force. There have been more and more videos surfacing of police using their firearms when there was no need! The officer could have easily tazed the victim because he didn't have a gun.! He could have been taken in handcuffs after tazed and then that would be that. The justice system is messed up and police officers seem like they get away with everything these days!! Too many police forces are corrupt these days so my question is when is a higher power such as Obama step in over these matters. This incident, the trayvon, and the teenager in San Francisco that was shot and killed 5 times are unjust. It makes
Me sick and angry to even watch these videos. I just don't understand. Something needs to be done with these officers. That's murder to me and I don't care if you have a badge or are in uniform or not! They should receive punishment just like ever other citizen!