Cop “Lost” 15 Seconds of Video Showing the Moment He Killed His 2nd Unarmed Victim in 4 Years

This past April, 18-year-old William Chapman II was killed by Portsmouth police officer Stephen Rankin, as he attempted to flee a Wal-Mart after shoplifting. Rankin first discharged his taser on Chapman, and then ended up shooting him in the following scuffle.

The shooting occurred nearly four years after Rankin shot another unarmed man who he claimed was reaching towards his waist before charging at the officer. A grand jury cleared Rankin of the 2011 shooting even though he shot 26-year-old Kirill Denyakin 11 times, and no other weapon was recovered from the scene.

“The video was operational up until just before the shooting, and then it was not operational for about 15 seconds,” Attorney Jon Babineau told Pilot Online.
The footage shows Rankin holding the taser and then cuts out. When the footage returns the incident was over, and the taser was laying on the ground.
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