Mother calls Delaware police shooting of son in wheelchair ‘unjust’

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Mother calls police shooting of son in wheelchair ‘unjust’.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The police shooting of a man in a wheelchair was ‘‘unjust,’’ his mother said Thursday, but authorities described a different scenario, saying the man was pulling a handgun from his waist when officers shot him to death. The police officer continues to yell at the man, demanding that he show his hands and repeatedly shouting, “Drop the gun,” with bystanders yelling in chorus “Drop the gun.” The police officers continue shouting for McDole to show his hands, then the camera zooms in and blood can be seen around McDole’s neck area. The Delaware Department of Justice’s Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust is investigating the shooting and will determine whether the officers acted within the law.

Smith said he was with his nephew about 15 minutes before shooting and he didn’t see a gun. ‘‘He had a book bag, but I never seen a gun,’’ he said. ‘‘It was an execution. At least seven small yellow chalk circles were on the pavement across from where McDole was shot, presumably outlining where the shell casings from officers’ guns landed. Late Thursday, about 100 people gathered outside of Phyllis McDole’s home for a candlelight vigil and expressed their frustrations about the shooting. McDole was paralyzed when he was shot in the back in 2005 by a friend he had been walking around a neighborhood with, smoking marijuana, according to court documents.

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