The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released body camera footage Friday showing the moments leading up to a deputy fatally shooting 27-year-old Niani Finlayson in Lancaster on Dec. 4.
Video shows Finlayson was armed with a kitchen knife when deputies gained access to her home.
Upon the deputy’s arrival, they attempted to kick in the door and reached for their taser until Finlayson opened the door with the knife in her hand.
She called the police for help during a domestic dispute with a man authorities described as her boyfriend.
The footage released Friday shows that the deputy who shot her was first handed a Taser, but he dropped it and fired a handgun instead.
“Any time a life is lost, regardless of the circumstances, is a difficult time for everyone involved,” L.A. County Sheriff Robert Luna said in a statement. “The department released the body-worn camera footage ahead of the legal time frame to demonstrate our commitment to transparency and the visual representation of the facts in this case. As the comprehensive review process continues, the department will gain additional insight into the incident with the goal of improving public safety.”
Finlayson’s family has indicated they have filed a claim against the County, seeking $30 million in damages.finlayson-gvmt-claim