Another controversy has emerged over the police killing of a Black man. Civil rights leaders in Seattle reject the official police version of the shooting and are raising their voices in protest.
At a recent press conference, Seattle King County NAACP President Gerald Hankerson called the killing a “coldblooded murder,” the Seattle Times reports.
According to authorities, police officers were conducting surveillance Sunday afternoon. They observed what appeared to be a drug deal and identified a known felon, Che Andre Taylor, 47, with a holstered gun, the Times says.
A police dash cam video appears to show Taylor standing at the passenger door of a vehicle when officers approached him with their guns drawn. The officers are heard yelling “hands up” and ordering him to get on the ground.
The police and a civilian witness said Taylor did not follow their orders and reached for his gun, which they later recovered. Authorities said that’s when two officers opened fire. Taylor died from his gunshot wounds at Harborview Medical Center.
The Times reports that Hankerson became angry when disputing the police’s interpretation of the video. He believes it shows Taylor putting his hands in the air. But the video records Taylor’s actions from the …read more
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