Mother Calls Police Shooting of Son in Wheelchair ‘Unjust’

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Delaware family demands answers after police shoot wheelchair-bound man.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The police shooting of a man in a wheelchair was “an execution,” a relative said Thursday, but authorities described a different scenario, saying the man had a handgun when officers shot him to death. Video of the shooting posted online, which the chief said appeared to be authentic, shows an officer approaching McDole with a gun drawn, shouting “show me your hands” and “drop the gun.” Other officers then appear in the video with their guns drawn, yelling similar commands. A bouquet of flowers was placed in the area where McDowell was shot and some gray powder was on the concrete, apparently to soak up the bloodstains on the street. Bovell, a bail bondsman and somewhat perennial candidate for local office, said McDowell had gotten out of jail about a year ago, been in the hospital and then to a nursing home, but he wasn’t sure exactly where he lived.

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. As The Christian Science Monitor previously reported, about 12 percent of the nation’s 18,000 law enforcement agencies employ some form of crisis intervention training to help officers respond compassionately to those afflicted by mental illness, but ultimately, training can only go so far. 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. 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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