Decatur, Illinois (WAND) – Accountability team members were among the first to see graphic footage of a police-involved shooting on October 12.
NAACP Decatur Chapter President Michael Diggs said: “This incident and the death of a community member and the injury of a police officer are simply shocking. I am shocked. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families involved.” Told.
Graphic body cam and dash cam footage were released by the Decatur Police Department. Footage shows the murder of his 32-year-old Jamon Tinir in Decatur. After watching the video, these community members describe it as tragic but justified.
“I’ve seen babies taken from their mothers. I’ve seen fathers taken from their fathers. And I’ve seen other people in uniform in potentially life-threatening situations.” said Reverend Courtney Carson.
Reverend Carson goes on to say that this is one of the clearest instances of an officer acting appropriately to protect himself.
“For me, I have never seen an officer in the world who was involved in such a reliable shooting. I didn’t understand,” Carson said.
Two community leaders said now is the time to start being active in the community. Their main goal is to address real local issues.
“Guns shouldn’t be used,” Diggs said. “Violence is not the way we should talk about it.”
“This is not good for any of us. Something has to be done about guns in the streets,” Carson explained.
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