Kansas City police have released two dashboard camera videos in connection with the Jovan Belcher murder suicide that occurred last Saturday morning.
One video shows three officers responding when Belcher, the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, fell asleep in his Bentley on the side of the road about 3 a.m. on Saturday. Later that day Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and then committed suicide at the Chiefs’ practice facility,
NFL. com describes the early morning encounter between police and Jovan Belcher in what appears to be a routine stop:
“The video shows Belcher and three police officers engaging in a polite conversation during the stop. Belcher said he was visiting a friend at a nearby building, which officers said was a better idea than driving. At one point, an officer tells Belcher — still seated in his car — ‘We’re just trying to cut you a break here.’ Officers also are heard saying, ‘You live right here? You just need to go upstairs, dude’ and ‘You know you got a lot to lose.’
“Belcher eventually exits the car and has a brief conversation with officers as they do a check of the vehicle. No impairment tests are performed during the video. There doesn’t appear to be anything irregular about Belcher’s speech and gait, and he repeatedly tells the officers he simply fell asleep in his car. He told the officers he appreciated their help before walking off.’
A second police cruiser dashcam video shows officers responding to an Arrowhead Stadium 911 call from Chiefs security last Saturday morning shortly before Belcher took his own life.
Watch the Jovan Belcher traffic stop and the police response videos: