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Uncensored police video shows teenager had his hands up when police fatally shot him

According to newly released video, a teenager who was fatally shot by Pennsylvania State Police last year had his hands in the air when troopers opened fire, NBC News reports.

Christian Hall, 19, who had been diagnosed with depression, was standing on the ledge of a highway overpass when police arrived on the scene. After trying to persuade him to get down, they saw he had a gun — which was later determined to be a pellet gun — they retreated.

From NBC News:

Video previously released by the Monroe County district attorney shows Hall raising his hands in the air, with the gun in one hand, after a trooper fired bullets that struck the bridge.

But the final seconds before he was killed were blurred by authorities.

The full version of the videos — obtained by Spotlight PA and NBC News from Hall’s parents, whose lawyer received them through a subpoena — shows that Hall kept his hands above his head for 14 seconds in all. The videos show that Hall’s hands were still in the air, the gun in one hand, as two troopers fired another series of shots and he crumpled to the ground.

State Police troopers from outside the local barracks investigated the killing and turned the findings over to the Monroe County district attorney, who ruled it justified, saying the lives of the troopers on scene were in danger.

Watch the video below (Warning — graphic):

Pennsylvania State Police shoot and kill a suicidal teenager w/ realistic pellet gun, while his hands are above his head from PublicFreakout

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