Sunday 25 February 2018

Black man fatally shot in the back while running away from police officer in North Carolina - reports

Woman tells media the reported fatality is her son

Rolanda Byrd speaks to media at the scene
Rolanda Byrd speaks to media at the scene
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

A black man was shot in the back and killed while running away from an officer in Raleigh, North Carolina, according to local reports.

Family and friends are claiming the young man was unarmed at the time but Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck Brown told reporters that a gun was found near the man.

A woman on the scene told media her son was shot while running away from an officer.

Her son's name is Akil Denkins and was a 23-year-old father-of-two. He was wanted on drug charges.

"He was running away," said Rolanda Byrd. "They couldn't catch him so they shot at him seven times."

"Whoever is back there is dead, they (police) told me whoever is back there is dead," she added.

"Everybody seen it," she continued.

"They ain't going down with this one. They ain't gonna get away with this one, there's at least 40 eyewitnesses out here."

A small group of demonstrators arrived at the scene chanting "Black lives matter" soon after the shooting.

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