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AG’s office releases bodycam footage in fatal Rochester police shooting

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Office of Attorney General Letitia James released video of a deadly police shooting on Christmas Eve in Rochester Tuesday.

Rochester police fatally shot Todd Novick, 46, around 8:30 a.m. on December 24 on Murray Street. Investigators said officers were called to the scene for reports of a man with a gun.

The 1:47 video released by the AG’s office Tuesday includes footage and audio omitted by the video previously released by the Rochester Police Department. Click here to watch the new video.

It begins with an officer identified as Officer Celiberti approaching the scene in a vehicle. Novick is standing with at least one other person, who has been blurred from the video.

via NY AG Office

“What’s going on today,” the officer says.

“Just walking this way,” an unidentified person says. “We’re not staying long.”

Novick tells the officer he’s going to work at a mechanic shop. The officer asks what he does there, and Novick says he works on cars.

via NY AG Office

“So what are you guys doing right here though,” the officer says.

“I was passing by and we were talking,” Novick says. “I can’t [unintelligible] go by and talk?”

Another RPD patrol car pulls up to the scene, and Officer Celiberti says, “we’ve got some weird calls, man.”

At that point Novick walks around the blurred person or people, away from the officer who just arrived. Officer Celiberti begins asking him to hang on a minute, but Novick sprints away.

via NY AG Office

The officer gives chase. Within four seconds, Novick appears to lift up his shirt and reach for his waistband. The officer aims their weapon and orders Novick to stop

via NY AG Office

via NY AG Office

As Novick turns the corner he appears to have something in his hand. The officer says “drop the gun drop the-” then shoots five times.

via NY AG Office

via NY AG Office

via NY AG Office

Novick collapses in the driveway and rolls over onto his back. The officer orders him to get on his stomach and put his hands behind his back.

“On your stomach now! On your stomach now! Hands behind your back. Hands behind your back. Other hand behind your back. Hand behind your [expletive] back!

“I was trying to put it down,” Novick says when a second officer approaches and begins handcuffing him.

via NY AG Office

via NY AG Office

Police call for backup, saying a male is down and a handgun is recovered. The video ends there.

Novick was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police later said the handgun was a replica.

Per policy, the officer was put on paid administrative leave. The AG’s office took on the investigation according to a state law under which the office investigates all incidents of an officer or officers potentially causing a person’s death.

The Rochester Police Department released its own cut of the video in December, edited to exclude certain audio, slowed down at times, and highlighted to emphasize the department’s assertions about the incident.

RPD Chief David Smith said according to the department’s review of the footage, the officer’s actions in this case complied with departmental policy and state law.

Advocates have since called for a change in police policy. A vigil for Todd Novick was held in January.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Office of Attorney General Letitia James released video of a deadly police shooting on Christmas Eve in Rochester Tuesday.

Rochester police fatally shot Todd Novick, 46, around 8:30 a.m. on December 24 on Murray Street. Investigators said officers were called to the scene for reports of a man with a gun.

The 1:47 video released by the AG’s office Tuesday includes footage and audio omitted by the video previously released by the Rochester Police Department. Click here to watch the new video.

It begins with an officer identified as Officer Celiberti approaching the scene in a vehicle. Novick is standing with at least one other person, who has been blurred from the video.

via NY AG Office
“What’s going on today,” the officer says.

“Just walking this way,” an unidentified person says. “We’re not staying long.”

Novick tells the officer he’s going to work at a mechanic shop. The officer asks what he does there, and Novick says he works on cars.

via NY AG Office
“So what are you guys doing right here though,” the officer says.

“I was passing by and we were talking,” Novick says. “I can’t [unintelligible] go by and talk?”

Another RPD patrol car pulls up to the scene, and Officer Celiberti says, “we’ve got some weird calls, man.”

At that point Novick walks around the blurred person or people, away from the officer who just arrived. Officer Celiberti begins asking him to hang on a minute, but Novick sprints away.

via NY AG Office
The officer gives chase. Within four seconds, Novick appears to lift up his shirt and reach for his waistband. The officer aims their weapon and orders Novick to stop

via NY AG Officevia NY AG Office

As Novick turns the corner he appears to have something in his hand. The officer says “drop the gun drop the-” then shoots five times.

via NY AG Officevia NY AG Officevia NY AG Office

Novick collapses in the driveway and rolls over onto his back. The officer orders him to get on his stomach and put his hands behind his back.

“On your stomach now! On your stomach now! Hands behind your back. Hands behind your back. Other hand behind your back. Hand behind your [expletive] back!

“I was trying to put it down,” Novick says when a second officer approaches and begins handcuffing him.

via NY AG Officevia NY AG Office

Police call for backup, saying a male is down and a handgun is recovered. The video ends there.

Novick was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police later said the handgun was a replica.

Per policy, the officer was put on paid administrative leave. The AG’s office took on the investigation according to a state law under which the office investigates all incidents of an officer or officers potentially causing a person’s death.

The Rochester Police Department released its own cut of the video in December, edited to exclude certain audio, slowed down at times, and highlighted to emphasize the department’s assertions about the incident.

RPD Chief David Smith said according to the department’s review of the footage, the officer’s actions in this case complied with departmental policy and state law.

Advocates have since called for a change in police policy. A vigil for Todd Novick was held in January. Read More RochesterRochesterFirst  

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