Protesters Take Raleigh In The Wake Of Police Shooting Of Unarmed Black Man
Another day, another unarmed Black man shot by police officers. This time, the incident took place in Raleigh, NC and protesters have already taken to the streets with vigils and protests of what they see as a senseless, avoidable killing.
Via Washington Post:
A large crowd of people gathered for a vigil Monday night as questions lingered about the shooting, with little information initially available about what took place earlier in the day near Bragg and East streets.
Police offered few immediate details. The shooting took place shortly after noon as a police officer was chasing someone wanted on a felony drug charge, Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown told reporters during a briefing Monday afternoon.
During this chase, the officer fatally shot the man, said Deck-Brown. She also said a gun “was found within close proximity” to this man.
The Raleigh Police Department said the officer involved is Senior Officer D.C. Twiddy, a 29-year-old who has been with the force sine 2009. Twiddy has been placed on administrative duty while the shooting is investigated.
On Tuesday, the state Bureau of Investigation identified the man who was killed as Akiel Rakim Lakeith Denkins, 24, of Raleigh.
The investigation is still in the early stages, but eyewitness accounts say that the cop shot at Akiel seven times after realizing he was unable to catch him on foot.
SMH! These stories are piling higher and higher by the day. We’ll keep you posted on more developments on this story as we receive them. In the meantime, check out more photos from the protests below: