Dover: Wave of protest ran across the US after a shocking video in which a black disabled man on wheelchair was fatally shot by cops emerged online. Disabled Jeremy McDole, 28, had allegedly failed in a suicide bid before calling emergency services.
Cops can be heard yelling “show me your hands, put your hands up” as they train their gun sights on the man in mobile phone footage filmed by a bystander in Delaware, US.
Mr McDole appears to try to lift himself out of the chair using the arm rests before around 12 shots are fired by four officers and he slumps fatally wounded.
Police chiefs say he was “armed with a handgun” when officers answered reports of a man with self-inflicted gunshot wounds at 3pm on Wednesday. They “engaged” him as he pulled the weapon from his waist band.
But his mum Phyllis said the video proves otherwise and called the shooting “unjust”.
She interrupted a police news conference to say: “He was in a wheelchair, paralysed from the waist down.
“There’s video showing that he didn’t pull a weapon. I need answers.”
His uncle Eugene Smith called it an “execution”.
He was among dozens who gathered for a vigil last night at the scene of the shooting in the city of Wilmington.
Mr Smith said he was with his nephew 15 minutes before he was killed, adding: “He had a book bag, but I never seen a gun.
“It was an execution. That’s what it was. I don’t care if he was black, white, whatever.”
An investigation has been launched and the four officers involved have been put on administrative duties.
Police chief Bobby Cummings told the dead man’s mum: “I assure you that not one of those officers intended to take anyone’s life that day.”
Mayor Dennis Williams said: “We want answers just like you want answers.”
Police treatment of black men has become a major political issue in the US in the wake of killings in Ferguson, Missouri, New York City and elsewhere.
Source: The Sun