Police release part of 911 tape in wheelchair shooting

26 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Delaware Police Shoot Armed Man In Wheelchair.

The governor of Delaware has described cellphone video footage of a man in a wheelchair being shot dead by police as “deeply troubling” as campaigners called for a special prosecutor to consider the case.Bobby Cummings, the police chief in Wilmington, Delaware, explained Thursday that the man, Jeremy McDole, did not comply as officers, weapons drawn, ordered him to raise his hands Wednesday, CNN reports. Anger about McDole’s death grew among relatives and activists on Friday after police announced they had found a handgun at his side following the shooting.

Jeremy McDole died when police responded to a 911 call about a man who reportedly had shot himself and was still armed with a handgun, authorities said. Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings said McDole — paralyzed from the waist down in a shooting 10 years ago — failed to obey officers’ commands to show his hands and was shot as he began to remove a gun from his waistband.

The shooting is being investigated by officials from the Delaware Department of Justice’s Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust in addition to a separate Wilmington Police Department inquiry. We cannot continue having all our folks being shot and nobody held accountable,” Richard Smith, the head of the NAACP’s Delaware chapter, told the AP. “Every time there was a shooting, it came back justified shooting. Markell said in his statement that he met McDole’s relatives “to offer my sincere condolences for their loss” and that he attended a vigil for the 28-year-old. “The vigil was peaceful and sombre, arranged by a community in mourning,” said Markell. “I am grateful the attorney general’s office has taken swift action to review the details of the case and await the results of its investigation.”

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