A Chicago police officer responding to a domestic violence call from a man accusing his wife of stabbing him in the neck ended up killing the man within a second of stepping inside the apartment.
“Where did he stab you? Where did he cut you?” the cop asks the woman even though she was the one doing the stabbing, according to bodycam footage released Wednesday of the incident that took place October 4.
When a second cop enters the apartment and asks who did the stabbing, the first cop blames the male victim.
“He had the knife and started poking her,” the cop whose name has not been released responds.
Michael Craig, 61, the man who had called 911, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Chicago Tribune.
He had been stabbed at least five times before he was shot. His wife was suffering a mental episode.
“I need the police over here, my wife got a knife on me on the bed, on my throat,” Craig told the dispatcher, according to the Tribune. “My kid is here, and he’s scared.”
“She’s got the knife around my neck right now. I can’t move. If I move she’s going to kill me,” Craig told the dispatcher.
Craig sent his 7-year-old son downstairs to wait for police while he was being stabbed.
“They victimized Michael Craig twice,” said attorney Michael Oppenheimer who is representing the family. “He called for help. He was the victim of domestic violence and instead of going to help him, they ended up shooting him twice, killing him.”
The video shows the son standing in front of the building when cops pull up.
“Who has the knife?” the cop asks.
“My mommy,” the boy responds.
“Who told you to call?”
“My daddy,” the boy responds.
Watch the shortened video below or the full version released by police here.