United States: Donovan Lewis, a 20-year-old black boy, shot dead in his bed by a police officer

The case sparks anger in Ohio. The family of a young black American shot dead by police while he was in bed will file a complaint, his lawyer said on Friday. Donovan Lewis, 20, died at dawn on Tuesday in Columbus, the capital of this northeastern American state.

A 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 of a room then almost immediately shooting at the young man who was in a bed.

An investigation has been opened and Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has promised “full transparency” on the “tragic death of Donovan Lewis”. “The family will file a complaint,” said the services of his lawyer, Rex Elliott, without further details. He had denounced in a press release “an excessive and absolutely unnecessary use of force”.

“Cold in Cold Blood”

“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 bed in accordance with police orders,” he said.

Contacted, the Columbus police were not immediately available. 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.

Gatherings to support the family

Rallies are planned this weekend in Columbus to “support the family”, “open a discussion on police brutality” and “demand justice for Donovan Lewis”, says Ramon Obey II, of the organization JUST, which campaigns for the social justice.

Students gathered on the Ohio State University campus on Friday, chanting “Say his name: Donovan Lewis,” according to photos and videos posted to 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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