WATCH: Pennsylvania Cops Shoot and Kill Suicidal Man whose Hands were Raised

Carlos Miller

Pennsylvania state police shot and killed Christian Hall, 19, in December after claiming he was pointing a gun at them.

Pennsylvania state police claimed they shot and killed 19-year-old Christian Hall in December because he was walking towards them while pointing a gun, making them fear for their lives.

But a video recorded by a witness shows Hall had his hands in the air when police opened fire.

Now Hall's family plans to file a lawsuit, according to attorney Benjamin Crump who posted the video on Twitter.

The incident took place on December 30 after Pennsylvania state police responded to a report of a suicidal man standing on an overpass with a gun in his hand.

Hall was experiencing a mental health crisis after a recent break up with a girlfriend, Crump said in a press conference Wednesday, according to The Morning Call.

“Christian Hall needed a helping hand, but yet he got bullets while he had his hands up,” said Benjamin L. Crump, the family’s attorney. " … When people have mental health crises, the police should de-escalate the situation, not settle it with a gun. That’s not what good policing is.”

Pennsylvania state police did not comment over the recent allegations but they issued a press release in December following the shooting that claimed he had placed the gun down but then picked it up back up again and began walking towards them with it.

The shooting is being investigated by state police and the Monroe County District Attorney's Office but Crump is asking Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro to investigate the shooting because he does not trust the Monroe County District Attorney's Office to be objective in its investigation.

But the state attorney general's office said it can only do so if it receives a referral from the Monroe County District Attorney's Office, according to Local 21 News.

Pennsylvania state police evidently has video footage from an overhead camera because they released some of that footage to the media but they did not release footage of the actual shooting.

Below is the initial press release from police stating their version of the incident.​

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Comments (8)
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supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

The shooting is being investigated by state police and the Monroe County District Attorney's Office but Crump is asking Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro to investigate the shooting because he does not trust the Monroe County District Attorney's Office to be objective in its investigation.
But the state attorney general's office said it can only do so if it receives a referral from the Monroe County District Attorney's Office, according to Local 21 News.

at least we know where there "BIAS" points to...... what is needed here is an independent investigation from an outside DA that can clearly see that this is MURDER! when "hands up, don't shoot" fails we get a summary execution!

Eco79
Eco79

The "mother" is a complete animal and listen how she's talking to the 9 y.o.child. poor kid. Child servi es should be called and thats what the police should have do e instead of further traumatizing her. The mom is a p.o.s. who needs a cage. Why isn't the cop addressing that?!!!! And the fact that there's blood and the kid said the mom stabbed the dad. Wtf is wrong with these pigs?!!!!!!!! The kid was probably scared for her life and most definitely for her well being. These pugs failed this child on so many levels.

Whats_N_A_Name
Whats_N_A_Name

I remember the asshats in AZ tazed a guy attempting to kill himself by jumping from an I10 overpass, you can guess how it ended. The utter disregard for human life coupled with the inability to deescalate a situation, not to mention the guarantee of a boys in blue committee cover-up and a free paid vacation makes these jokers dangerous at every turn.

Libertarian
Libertarian

I will need to see better video to come to any conclusion on this. At the beginning of the video his arm or arms are at a 90 degree angle, which could indicate he was pointing a gun at the officers. At no point prior to the shooting was I able to identify two arms raised. It could be that the closest arm was obscuring the furthest from the videographer's view. I would like to see bodycam and that pole cam before rushing to judgement. I will keep an eye on this to see if more video is ever released.

Slankit
Slankit

More killer cops made.

Tatoo49
Tatoo49

I smell another 'White Wash' coming. To cops today, everyone is a threat and everybody wants to kill cops. We have a well armed, extremely paranoid, group of cops that use the same bullshit day after day. Killing unarmed people is their newest and boldest game yet.

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Anonymous50320
Anonymous50320

Yeah, and that's why involuntary psychiatric commitment is a thing unless you're a cop. They're clearly psychotic, but nobody really cares. Another case of man shaped gorillas beating their chests and throwing excuses out there until one sticks, nothing more.


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