The Kansas City Police Department has released the final dash cam video of its response to the tragedy involving Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins.
The dash cam released Tuesday afternoon shows the first officer rushing to Belcher and Perkins' east side Kansas City home where Perkins lay dying after Belcher shot her at least nine times. KCTV5 filed an open-records request to get the dash cam video.
The responding officer had little interaction with dispatchers while en route other than to get an updated suspect description. He uses lights and sirens until he gets near the home. He pauses at a stop sign near the home.
Dispatchers do not give the officer updates on their conversation with Belcher's distraught mother who pleaded with 911 dispatchers for immediate aid and begged Perkins not to die.
Belcher would flee from his home to Arrowhead Stadium where he would take his own life just after 8 a.m. Dec. 1.
Police previously released the 911 call by Belcher's mother, the dispatch communications and the dash cam video at Arrowhead. The most controversial dash cam was released Friday night.
Kansas City police officers told Belcher about 3 a.m. Dec. 1. that they would cut him a break after finding him passed out in his running Bentley outside of the Midtown home of a woman.
"You know you got a lot riding on it," an officer tells Belcher. "You know you've got a lot to lose, right?"
Belcher would be dead five hours later after he went home and argued with Perkins, who gave birth to his daughter, Zoey, on Sept. 11.
Police Capt. Steve Young said the officers acted appropriately in their dealings with Belcher in the pre-dawn hours on Dec. 1. He said officers had no legal reason to give Belcher a sobriety test or otherwise detain him.
In talking to the officers, Belcher emphasized that he was not driving the vehicle when he was found. Officers told him to go upstairs to his "girl" and stay for the night. Belcher also spoke about having a second girlfriend, which officers joked with him about.
"Y'all don't understand that. I got a deal with another girl, man," Belcher said.
One officer joked with Belcher that it would take him three years to earn enough pay equal to the value of Belcher's Bentley. Officers also joked about how they didn't want to be pursuing the Bentley in their police patrol cars and one officer said he would "take a class real quick" on YouTube about operating the Bentley. Officers said they would take care of rolling up the passenger window.
At the end of the exchange, Belcher expresses his gratitude to the officers.
"Thank you. I appreciate it. I really do. You boys have a good one," Belcher said.
One of the departing officer replies, "See you later, dude."
Police would again see Belcher very soon but certainly not under circumstances anyone could have imagined.
Belcher's mother frantically called 911 at 7:52 a.m. to say that her son had shot Perkins multiple times and she was barely alive. She pleaded for ambulance to get there quickly while she begs the woman to stay with her.
After firing at least nine bullets into Perkins, Belcher kissed her forehead and apologized to her. He kissed his baby and then dashed from the home. He drove recklessly to Arrowhead where he called Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli and asked him to meet him. Belcher thanked Pioli, coach Romeo Crennel and defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs for their support. They unsuccessfully tried to persuade him not to take his own life.
Chief officials called police just after 8 a.m.
The dash cam video of an officer responding to Arrowhead on a call of an armed man indicates the officers quickly knew it involved a Chiefs player who was the suspect in the shooting of Perkins.
Officers were told to "encrypt" their conversations so they wouldn't be audible on typical scanners available to the public. However, another officer says they don't have time to worry about encryption and information needs to be shared immediately with responding officers.
An officer at Belcher's home tells officers heading to the Truman Sports Complex that they believed Belcher was on his way to Arrowhead after shooting Perkins. A dispatcher says Belcher is involved in an armed confrontation with Pioli.
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