On Friday (July 10), protests broke out in Detroit after three officers fatally shot a Black man.
According to Detroit News, Hakim Littleton allegedly shot at authorities, who were investigating a shooting that took place on July 5. Cops at the scene immediately fired back four times, resulting in the death of the 19-year-old.
Following the incident, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan released a statement, explaining that the officers’ actions were justifiable. “The video is clear that the officer was suddenly and unexpectedly fired upon,” he said. “I commend Chief Craig for moving so quickly to release the video publicly.”
Several protesters gathered near the scene of the incident, calling for justice for Littleton. “This kind of thing happens entirely too much. Everyone’s life should be equal but that’s now how it is. I want to see the bodycam (footage),” protester Jeremy Henderson said.
Another added, “I was just thinking earlier if the police would just put down their guns everything would be OK. If they talked things out instead of being physical with people, but I don’t think that’s ever going to happen.”
Later that night, State Rep. LaTanya Garrett said that a separate and independent investigation will be conducted in an effort to get all the details behind the shooting. “Although I applaud Detroit Police Chief James Craig for releasing the dashcam and bodycam video for the public to review, there is no need for a rush to judgment, for a life has been lost and (lives) will be forever changed from this tragic event,” she said.
She continued, “I call upon the Mayor and the Chief of Police to ensure this matter is properly investigated in a fair and impartial manner. If outside law enforcement agencies are needed to oversee this matter to ensure an independent and transparent investigation, I call upon our city leaders to ensure this is done expeditiously. The family of the deceased deserves answers, as well as our community.”