Ohio: outrage after the death of a young black man, killed in his bed by a police officer

Ohio: outrage after the death of a young black man, killed in his bed by a police officer

“The family [of Donovan Lewis] will file a complaint” indicated the services of his lawyer, Rex Elliott, without further details.

The family of a young black American man shot dead by police while he was in bed will file a complaint, his lawyer told AFP on Friday, a case that has sparked anger in the community. #x27;Ohio.

Donovan Lewis, 20, died at dawn Tuesday in Columbus, the capital of this northeastern US state.

Video from the body camera of one of the officers, who had an arrest warrant, shows a police officer accompanied by a dog opening the door to a bedroom then almost immediately shoot the young man who was in a bed.

An investigation was opened and the mayor of Columbus, Andrew Ginther, promised full transparency on the tragic death of Donovan Lewis.

The family will file a complaint, indicated the services of his lawyer, Rex Elliott, without further details.

Mr. Elliott had denounced in a press release an excessive and absolutely unnecessary use of force.

Shot by shot, the [body camera] video reveals the truth: three white police officers accompanied by an aggressive police dog squad shot an unarmed 20-year-old boy in cold blood as he got up from bed in accordance with police orders, he said.

Contacted by AFP, the Columbus police were not immediately available.

His boss, Elaine Bryant, quoted by media, claimed that the officer fired when Donovan Lewis appeared to raise his arm and hold something in his hand. Only an electronic cigarette was found near him, she said.

Rallies are planned for this weekend in Columbus to support the family, open a discussion about the police brutality and demand justice for Donovan Lewis, Ramon Obey II of the social justice organization J.U.S.T. told AFP.

On Friday, Students gathered on the Ohio State University campus, chanting Say His Name: Donovan Lewis, according to photos and videos posted to Twitter.

< p class="e-p">The event recalls other deaths of black people during interactions with the police, tragedies that sparked a great movement against racism and police brutality in 2020.

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