Shocking new video of police brutality in the United States with the cold-blooded killing of an African-American man in Columbus, Ohio. The family of a young African-American man who was killed by police in his bed will go to court, his lawyer said, in a case that has sparked outrage in Ohio.
THE Donovan Lewis20, was killed early Tuesday in Columbus, the capital of this northeastern US state.
Video from a body camera carried by one of the officers, who had an arrest warrant, shows an officer accompanied by a dog, opening the door to a room and then, almost immediately, firing at Lius, who was lying on a bed.
An investigation has been launched into the incident and Andrew Gintherthe mayor of Columbus, pledged “full transparency” about “the tragic death of Donovan Lewis.”
“The family will appeal to justice,” said Mr Rex Elliott lawyer for the young man’s family, without giving further details.
“In one shot after another the video reveals the truth: three white police officers accompanied by an attack dog killed in cold blood a 20-year-old, unarmed young man who remained in his bed, following the orders of the police,” he stressed.
Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant, stated that the officer fired when Lewis appeared to raise one of his hands, which was holding something. Only an electronic cigarette was found next to him, she added.
Rallies are planned in Columbus over the weekend to show “support for the family” and to “start a conversation about police brutality,” but also to “demand justice for Donovan Lewis,” said Ramon Obey of the JUST organization that fights for social justice.
On Friday, students gathered on campus at Ohio University chanting, “Say his name: Donovan Lewis,” according to posts on Twitter.
Sources: ERT, APE-MPE, AFP