The death of a young African American killed by police while in bed sparks outrage

The death of a young African American killed by police while in bed sparks outrage
The death of a young African American killed by police while in bed sparks outrage
Family of Donovan Lewis via AP Donovan Lewis, 20, was killed by police while lying in bed on August 30, 2022.

Family of Donovan Lewis via AP

Donovan Lewis, 20, was killed by police while lying in bed on August 30, 2022.

UNITED STATES – The affair arouses anger in Ohio. Donovan Lewis, a 20-year-old black American, was shot dead by police while he was in bed in Columbus, the capital of Ohio, a state in the northeastern United States. His family will file a complaint, his lawyer told AFP on September 2.

A video from the body camera of one of the officers, who had an arrest warrant, shows a policeman accompanied by a dog opening the door of a room and then almost immediately shooting at the young man.

An investigation was opened and Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther promised “full transparency” on the “tragic death of Donovan Lewis”. Family lawyer Rex Elliott denounced in a press release “excessive and absolutely unnecessary use of force”.

“Shot by shot, the video (from the body camera) reveals the truth: three white police officers accompanied by an aggressive dog from the canine squad shot an unarmed 20-year-old in cold blood as he stood up in his bed as per police orders”he said.

Demonstrations planned in Columbus

Contacted by AFP, the Columbus police could not be reached immediately. Its 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. After shooting him, the young man would have been handcuffed, according to the local media columbus dispatch. The police also reportedly lowered his pants to search him.

According to court documents obtained by the columbus dispatchDonovan Lewis was wanted for “mishandling a firearm”, violation of his probation after a crime, and domestic violence in particular against his pregnant girlfriend.

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Rallies are planned for this weekend in Columbus to “support the family”, “open a discussion on police brutality” and “demand justice for Donovan Lewis”, Ramon Obey II, of the JUST organization, which campaigns for social justice, told AFP. Students gathered on the Ohio State University campus on Friday, chanting “Say his name: Donovan Lewis”according to photos and videos posted on Twitter.

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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