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Cop begs knife-wielding man in standoff: 'You’re a black man. I’m a black man. You don’t have to die today. I don’t want you to die today.'

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Police asked Matthew Williams to drop his knife at least 47 times before fatally shooting him

Image source: WXIA-TV video screenshot, composite

The voice of a DeKalb County, Georgia, police sergeant on bodycam video encapsulated the tragedy that occurred last week.

"I'm begging you," the sergeant pleaded with a knife-wielding man through a closed door after a 911 call about a reported prowler, WXIA-TV said. "You're a black man. I'm a black man. You don't have to die today. I don't want you to die today."

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