Mother calls police shooting of son in wheelchair ‘unjust’

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Delaware officials investigating fatal police shooting of man in wheelchair.

The shooting, which took place in Wilmington, a city in the US state of Delaware, was not like any other in recent memory because the man they shot was in a wheelchair.Phyllis McDole is engulfed in grief and anger after police allegedly shot and killed her son 28-year-old Jeremy McDole in this video first obtained by Eyewitness News. In video footage that emerged shortly after the shooting at about 3pm local time, Jeremy McDole, 28, is motionless in his wheelchair in the middle of a quiet, narrow street as police approach.

A Delaware man who was paralyzed by gunfire 10 years ago was fatally shot by police Wednesday when authorities say he refused to drop his handgun — a claim his family vehemently denies. McDole, 28, was shot on Wednesday by several Wilmington police officers who were responding to a 911 call reporting that he had shot himself, according to authorities.

It’s difficult to see what McDole does or says in the video, but police tell him numerous times to drop a gun and put his hands up before opening fire in rapid succession. Shortly after speaking to Eyewitness News today Phyllis McDole attended a news briefing at City Hall, and after announcing her presence she was invited to the podium next to the mayor and police chief. The Delaware Attorney General’s Office is investigating McDole’s death as they do all police-involved shootings, but community members are asking for an independent investigation as well.

His uncle, Eugene Smith, was among a crowd who gathered at the scene of the shooting on Thursday, the AP reported. “It was an execution,” Smith reportedly said. “That’s what it was. He was paralyzed from the waist down in 2005 after being shot in the back by a friend as they smoked marijuana and walked around a neighborhood, according to court documents.

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