Relatives upset over police shooting of man in wheelchair

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

Delaware police officers fatally shot an armed man in a wheelchair after responding to a call that he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities say.

Video that claims to have been taken at the scene, posted on YouTube by the channel Photography Is Not a Crime but later removed, showed an officer with his gun drawn. The Delaware Department of Justice’s Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust is investigating and will determine whether the officers acted within the law.

Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings, who was on the scene, said family members of the victim came to the place of the shooting and angrily confronted the police. 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.

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