Kevin Allen Shot Dead By Cops Inside New Jersey Public Library
You buyin’ what the cops are selling?
The man shot and killed by police at the township library Friday was armed with a large knife and couldn’t be subdued by non-lethal force, authorities said.
Chief of Police James O’Connor said 36-year-old Kevin Allen “menaced” police with the utility knife before they shot him around 1:30 p.m. in the library’s top floor.
“He was aggressive towards them….he charged at them with [the knife],” O’Connor said Friday night.
Allen was wanted by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear at a work release program last month and for contempt of court, spokesman Anthony Cureton said late Friday. Earlier, a law enforcement source said local police engaged Allen when he was spotted outside the library because he was wanted.
O’Connor said officers first tried to subdue Allen using non-lethal force, including using pepper-spray and a baton on him. Allen continued to charge at the officers with the large utility knife after police tried to stop him.
“They exhausted all means, to include pepper spray and their baton,” the chief said in an interview.
Considering that the police were not willing to give the full account of what took place inside the library for several hour following Kevin’s death, in addition to their long history of finding any and every way to justify the fatal shooting of a black man, forgive us for being a bit skeptical about this whole story.
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