Why NAACP wants special prosecutor in death of man in wheelchair

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Delaware Community Outraged After Wheelchair-Bound Man Shot And Killed By Police.

The fatal shooting of a man in a wheelchair by police in Delaware is being investigated by a new attorney general’s department set up to help build public trust.A standoff between a wheelchair-bound man and Delaware police officers ended tragically when the disabled man was shot to death in a blast of gunfire on Wednesday afternoon, CNN reports.

But the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has cast doubt over whether the agency can be trusted to carry out a fair investigation, according to the Associated Press. Police have claimed officers shot Jeremy McDole, 28, after he refused to obey their commands to show his hands and that he was killed as he began to remove a handgun from his waistband.

The group is demanding an independent investigation by a special prosecutor to look into the death of Jeremy McDole, the 28-year-old who was shot in Wilmington after police responded to a call about a man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Wednesday. The officer continues to yell for the man to put his hands up and “drop the gun,” and three more officers arrive for back up, saying “hands up, put your hands up,” with guns drawn. Matt Denn in January. “Among the new unit’s responsibilities is conducting investigations where the Department of Justice’s other responsibilities might present the appearance of a conflict, such as investigations of use of force by law enforcement officers,” reports the AP. “There’s been so many shootings, and every time it comes out it was a justified shooting.

He did not know if Mr McDole pointed the gun at any of the four officers. “Only our thorough investigation will reveal that,” said Mr Cummings, who said he did not know whether Mr McDole was depressed or suicidal, or why he might have shot himself. We cannot continue having all our folks being shot and nobody held accountable,” said Smith. “Every time there was a shooting, it came back [a] justified shooting. The handicapped man, Jeremy McDole, was armed with a .38 caliber gun — the same one he’d apparently used on himself earlier, Chief Bobby Cummings said. Local activist Keith James, who helped plan local rallies after acts of police brutality across the country, said for once, he’s standing on the side of police.

The state Justice Department’s Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust is investigating the shooting, said spokesman Carl Kanefsky, which is policy any time a police officer fires a weapon that injures or kills someone. “I’m sorry for the officers and family of Mr. Last year, San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman also said that the department’s professional standards unit, which once ran inquiries into officer behavior until it was merged with internal affairs, would be brought back, reports The San Diego Union-Tribune. James, who is president of Voices 4 the Voiceless and a member of the CitizenAdvisory Council for the Wilmington Police Department, believes the shooting was justified after watching cellphone video posted online and said officers were in a dangerous situation. McDole, as this encounter unfortunately ended with the loss of his life,” said Cummings. “I know that this incident could impact police and community relations, therefore, I will ensure a thorough and transparent investigation will be conducted.” The city police department has been working to improve relations with its residents in the past year. But Chief Zimmerman, who fielded questions from more than a hundred residents at a 2014 town hall meeting, declined to elaborate on what the unit would do specifically. “I want it to be very mysterious,” she said. “They are going to proactively go out and find those few officers who make the terrible decision to dishonor the badge.

At the very end of the video, where McDole falls to the ground within a couple of seconds after a fusillade of shots, there is already a significant quantity of blood on the back of his underwear. As the police were all clearly in front of him, this suggests to me that the reports McDole was already suffering from a self-inflicted wound, and was sitting in his own blood for some time, seems to have merit. I’m sure we’re going to have some armchair analysts asking why McDole wasn’t tased, and the simple answer to that question is that you don’t respond to a lethal force threat with a less lethal response like a taser or a chemical spray.

Phyllis McDole alluded to a video — which Cummings acknowledged but said he hasn’t authenticated — which she said shows that her son “didn’t pull a weapon. Unfortunately, it seems very clear that Jeremy “Bam” McDole was a threat to himself, and even a local anti-violence activist who watch the video agrees that officers had to take steps to defend themselves once they felt McDole was reaching for his gun.

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