Outrage in US: Officer shoots sleeping, unarmed black boy in his own home, family files complaint

Outrage in US: Officer shoots sleeping, unarmed black boy in his own home, family files complaint
Outrage in US: Officer shoots sleeping, unarmed black boy in his own home, family files complaint

American Donovan Lewis was asleep in his bed when an officer burst into his room and immediately shot him. This can be seen on the bodycam images of another police officer. The 20-year-old black boy later died in hospital from his injuries.

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Donovan Lewis died on Tuesday at a hospital in Columbus, Ohio. What happened before, and was documented on video, is causing a lot of controversy in the United States.

Three police officers knocked on Lewis’s apartment about 2 a.m. with warrants for arrest for domestic violence and firearms abuse. While Lewis was sleeping, another man with a knife in his pocket opened the door. The man in question and another man present were immediately handcuffed. But the bodycam footage of one of the officers also shows Ricky Anderson, a 30-year-old cop, storming into Donovan Lewis’s room and immediately firing shots.

Lewis is then handcuffed while he is clearly injured. He was pronounced dead in hospital at 3:19 a.m. local time, having died of his injuries.

Inquiry opened

Lewis’ family is going to file a complaint against the police, their lawyer Rex Elliot reports. “Donovan was unarmed,” it sounds. “The footage reveals the truth, three white officers killed him.”

The mayor of Columbus, Andrew Ginther, has said that an investigation has been opened into the police action. “We are committed to change and reform,” he wrote on Twitter. “I encourage the community to peacefully demand justice.”

Dozens of students have gathered at Ohio State University to protest police brutality, and social media are also calling for the boy’s name to continue.

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