After Dylan Noble was fatally shot on June 25, Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer planned on releasing the body cam video last Friday - but made a decision to postpone it after the multiple police shootings last week.
Police in California have released dramatic footage of officers shooting dead an unarmed teenager.
Noble exited the truck and officers commanded him to show his hands, lift his hands or lay on the ground, according to Dyer.
California police were looking for a man in camouflage walking down the street carrying a rifle when they chose to pull over a man in a truck who was not wearing camouflage and not carrying a rifle.
The names of the two officers involved are now being withheld due, Dyer claimed, to threats against them.
Dyer said he would not release the name of the officers out of fear for their safety. The object in his hand was a small harmless plastic container.
The police have now released body camera footage showing the entire traffic stop.
The body camera video shows the officers pulling over Noble at gas station.
He starts walking towards the police but after just seconds one of the officers fires two shots. Each officer then fires an additional shot.
One of the officers warns Noble that he will shoot if the man does not drop whatever he has in his hand and lie face-down on the ground.
Dyer said the officers were responding to a call of a man with a rifle. "I promise you I'll make the right decision", said Dyer. Watch the NSFW video (below) and decide for yourself. "He wanted to be a professional DJ, but mostly, he wanted to be a dad", the newspaper reported.
Bystander videos of police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota and of a black man who killed five officers in Dallas, Texas have each sparked outrage and debates about how race and policing intersect. Not only did they shoot him twice, they shot him twice down on the ground when he was bleeding.
The reaction to Noble's death has been controversial. Conservative news outlets and some of Noble's friends have argued that if Noble had been black instead of white the case would have been more widely covered.
Meanwhile, a protest over Noble's death featured a Confederate battle flag and "White Lives Matter" signs, which were criticized as offensive.
According to Dyer, the officers, who have yet to be identified, gave Noble at least 30 commands that he didn't abide by before they shot him.
After watching the footage, Noble's family launched legal action against the city alleging that the shooting was "an inexcusable use of excessive force".
"I do not have the answer for that today", Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.
"The footage comes after cell phone footage was released last week".
Dyer asked for calm and for the community to unite hours before a planned protest in downtown Fresno Wednesday night and at the end of a news conference in which he played chilling police body-cam videos from the Noble shooting. Family members say he was merely intoxicated, the Bee reports. And Noble says, "I (expletive) hate my life". "We have an individual that did not have a firearm on his person or in his vehicle".
Dyer and his Internal Affairs team, as well as the Fresno County District Attorney's Office, must investigate Noble's killing thoroughly and without bias.