November 29, 2020

Milpitas police release body camera video of fatal June shooting


MILPITAS — Police released dramatic body-worn camera video Thursday showing the fatal police shooting of a 19-year-old Milpitas resident Brandeis Codde on June 21, and named the officers involved in the incident.

Codde was shot around 1 p.m. after his mother called 911 and told a police dispatcher that Codde had stabbed his stepfather in their apartment, and that he was “losing it.”

As Codde ran at Officer Nathan Brasil outside the apartment complex with two knives in one hand, Officer Mohammed Ali, a nearly 18-year veteran of the department, can be seen firing a taser at him.

Brasil backed away as Codde advanced, and Brasil shot Codde several times when police said he was within about 11 feet of him. Brasil has been with the department for five years, police said.

While speaking with Brasil before the shooting, Codde can be heard saying what sounds like, “Sir, I’m going to die today, I just stabbed my father.”

Brasil tells him to put the knife down and said “No one wants to hurt you.”

Codde yelled “Kill me” while running at Brasil. Shortly after being shot and dropping to the ground, Codde can be heard on video saying, “I’m going to die. I’m going to die. Goodbye.”

WARNING: Video contains graphic content and language. Viewer discretion is advised.

“We always take the use of force very seriously,” Milpitas Police Chief Armando Corpuz said in the video issued by the department.

“In addition, we train to de-escalate whenever possible and for situations where we face a person who is in mental crisis. In this situation, it turned dangerously very quickly, and as you witnessed, ended with a result no one wants to see,” Corpuz said.

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Author: Joseph Geha