Yesterday, I watched with horror a video of the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris in which a policeman was shot in the head from inches away with a semi-automatic weapon. Something just didn’t look right about the video though, so I decided to slow it down and see if a frame-by-frame analysis would help me understand what I was seeing. What I found is hard to believe, so I’m presenting it to you – perhaps you can make sense of it. Here are the relevant frames from the video:
Here is a screen shot of the video a millisecond after the shot was fired killing the cop – see the puff of smoke to the right? That looked like dust or something coming up off the sidewalk after the bullet was fired. View the video at the bottom of this post to really understand this. Pay attention to the time stamps – this all happens in seconds 0:12 and 0:13 – it is very clear that the shot is fired just before that puff of dust comes up off the sidewalk…
Here is a clearer picture of this scene from The Wall Street Journal – you can clearly see the puff of smoke coming up off the sidewalk after the shot was fired, yet look at the policeman – he is not wounded from the bullet. If the impact of the bullet can be seen in the puff of smoke, why can’t the fatal injuries to the officer be seen? How is he still holding himself up?
Here is the scene a full second after the shot was fired. The officer has collapsed but as we see above he wasn’t actually shot by that bullet since he maintained a pleading posture even after the sidewalk was impacted.
Here is the video so you can see these scenes in motion and hear the shots. All the relevant action takes place in seconds 12 and 13.
Here is a close-up of the picture from wsj-online of just after the shot is fired – dust flies yet the cop is still alive – and it seems like he is focusing on something in his hand. What is that?
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UPDATE: Here’s a video that goes into this further:
And here is another item of interest:
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