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Ohio Cop Shoots Teen In Dark Because He Saw Gun (Video)

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A police officer shot an 18-year-old man on July 12 in Canton, Ohio, during a foot chase at night because the teen was allegedly carrying a gun (video below).

The Canton Police Department released the officer's body camera video on July 13, notes WEWS.

The police said the shooting happened after the cops witnessed suspicious activity, which the department did not describe in detail.

According to police, that's when Jashaun Malik Nickol fled while pointing a gun at police.

In the police body camera video, the officer is heard shouting, "On the ground!" before shooting at Nickol nine times; there is no audio of the officer commanding the suspect to drop a gun.

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The gunshot reportedly wounded Nickol in the leg, but he kept running. The officer chased Nickol, and yelled at him repeatedly to get on the ground, but did not tell him to drop a gun.

After police apprehended Nickol and took him into custody, the cop can be heard on the video saying, "He doesn't have it on him?" in an apparent reference to the gun.

Police said Nickol tossed his gun over a fence, and officers later found it.

Nickol was transported to a local hospital for medical care, and then booked into jail, WJW reports.

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Another police incident recently made news in Bakersfield, California, where a 19-year-old African-American woman was hit in the mouth by a cop and bitten by a police dog on June 18, reported

The police officer reportedly mistook Tatyana Hargrove for a machete-wielding, 180-pound bald man who threatened people at a grocery store.

The Bakersfield chapter of the NAACP released a Facebook video in which Hargrove recalled: "He [the officer] put his other knee on my head, and I told him, 'I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe' and I started yelling out: 'Somebody help me, somebody help me, they’re going to kill me.'"

Police charged Hargrove with suspicion of resisting or delaying an officer, and aggravated assault on an officer.

The NAACP said police targeted Hargrove because she is black, but the Bakersfield Police Department insisted it was a case of mistaken identity.

Sgt. Ryan Kroeker wouldn’t comment on specifics in the case, but said the police department ruled the force used by its own officer was appropriate. The Bakersfield Police Department did not launch an internal investigation.

The police officer who made the arrest, Christopher Moore, wrote in his police report that he was not aware that Hargrove was female until he handcuffed her.

Moore wrote in his report: "She appeared to be a male and matched the description of the suspect that had brandished the machete and was also within the same complex the suspect had fled to."

Sources: WEWS, WJW-TV, / Photo Credit: Daniel Herrick via Wikimedia Commons, Raymond Wambsgans/Flickr (2)

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