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Man says North Miami police shot him while he was lying down

Authorities say a North Miami police officer shot and wounded an autistic man’s caretaker following reports of a man threatening to shoot himself.

North Miami Assistant Police Chief Neal Cuevas told The Miami Herald that officers responded to the scene on Monday to find 47-year-old Charles Kinsey, a therapist who works with people with disabilities, trying to get his 27-year-old patient back to a facility from where he wandered.

Cuevas says police ordered Kinsey and the patient, who was sitting in the street playing with a toy truck, to lie on the ground.

Kinsey did get down and put his hands up while trying to get his patient to comply.

An officer then fired three times, striking Kinsey in the leg, Cuevas said. No weapon was found.

Kinsey’s attorney, Hilton Napoleon, provided a cellphone video to the Herald on Wednesday taken moments before the shooting. It shows Kinsey lying in the middle of the street with his hands up, asking the officers not to shoot him, while the autistic man sits next to him, yelling at him to “shut up.”

“Sir, there’s no need for firearms,” Kinsey said he told police before he was shot, according to the station. “It was so surprising. It was like a mosquito bite.”

Kinsey is black. Police haven’t released the name or race of the officer who shot him.

Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida, issued a statement on Thursday regarding the shooting of Charles Kinsey.

Simon said, “Thankfully, Mr. Kinsey is alive and not more gravely injured — but had the officer’s weapon been pointed just a few degrees differently, this senseless incident could have been a much greater tragedy.

“This is the latest in what seems like an endless litany of police shootings of individuals who should not have been shot. Philando Castile in Minnesota, Alton Sterling in Louisiana, Vernell Bing in Jacksonville: there are too many to name them all here. Of the 598 people killed by U.S. police this year, 88 were unarmed. Mr. Kinsey or his patient could very easily have become number 89.

“We have to stem the tide of violence, both nationwide and here in Florida. It starts with holding people accountable for their actions. There must be a thorough and independent investigation into this shooting that covers both whether officers violated internal use of deadly force policies and whether criminal charges should be brought.

“Additionally, the North Miami Police, and all local law enforcement agencies, must examine their policies when it comes to use of force and how best to respond to members of the public who have mental health issues. Great strides have been made in recent years in developing policies that help police de-escalate potentially volatile situations and bring them to an end without violence. None of them seem to have been utilized in this situation by the North Miami Police.”

“We are grateful that both Mr. Kinsey and his patient are alive, but without changes in policy and improved training of officers, we will very likely see more needless shootings and deaths at the hands of police.”

Attorney Jeff Hearne, president of the Greater Miami Chapter of the ACLU of Florida, also issued a statement.

He said, “In his press conference today, North Miami Police Chief Gary Eugene declared a commitment to transparency in this process. Transparency in this case must mean providing the public with any information about what led to the pointless shooting of an unarmed Black man lying on his back with his hands up, and why the public is only hearing about it days after it happened.

“We are calling on the North Miami Police to release any police camera footage related to the incident. Additionally, the ACLU of Florida will be submitting a public records request to review the North Miami Police’s policy on use of force and use of deadly force and determine whether it adequately protects both law enforcement and the public.

“The community deserves answers about how this happened and what will be done to keep it from happening again.”

Chicago police union hires officer accused in teen’s death

A white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting of a black teenager has been hired to work as a janitor for the city’s police union as he awaits trial, the union president said last week, prompting protests.

Dean Angelo, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Chicago, says the union hired Jason Van Dyke about three weeks ago. Van Dyke is accused of shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014. The shooting was captured on squad-car video and has prompted investigations, including a federal civil rights probe of the Chicago Police Department. Van Dykes has been suspended from the department without pay.

Jason Van Dyke. — PHOTO: Courtesy
Jason Van Dyke. — PHOTO: Courtesy

The union would do the same for any Chicago officer and have hired dozens of people who are in no-pay status, Angelo said.

“This officer is in a very difficult situation financially. He has a family and we would do it for anybody that works as a Chicago Police officer,” Angelo said.

The union’s action prompted about a dozen demonstrators to gather outside FOP headquarters to voice outrage at the union’s action.

“It’s a slap in the face to Chicago residents,” said activist Ja’Mal Green.

Retired Chicago police detective and former union member Cornelius Longstreet said the union was wrong in hiring Van Dyke.

“I’m not saying that Mr. Van Dyke is guilty, I’m not saying that he’s innocent,” Longstreet said. “What the bottom line is, is that I don’t think this is something that the union should have done. I think the union is sending a bad message.”

Van Dyke does various tasks at the union headquarters, Angelo said.

“He might be on the roof, he might be in the office, he does anything we need,” Angelo said.

Van Dyke has lost other jobs due to publicity and that threats closed his wife’s business, the union said. Van Dyke’s attorney last week asked court officials to let the officer not attend hearings because he has received threats of violence and death when he comes to court.

Officer who killed Milwaukee man to receive disability pay

A police officer who fatally shot a man in a downtown Milwaukee park will receive duty disability pay.

Christopher Manney filed a claim saying the shooting and aftermath caused him to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The disability retirement pay usually amounts to about 75 percent of an officer’s salary — and it’s tax free. The Journal Sentinel reports Manney’s gross salary was about $71,000. 

The city’s Annuity and Pension Board approved the claim based on a review by a panel of doctors. 

Prosecutors ruled the shooting justified, but Manney was fired for failing to follow department protocol in his approach to Dontre Hamilton at Red Arrow Park in April 2014.

Manney said Hamilton grabbed his baton and attacked him with it, and the officer shot him more than a dozen times.

Hamilton’s death sparked outcry in Milwaukee and a movement against police violence, led by Hamilton’s family.

Earlier this month, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre Hamilton, as well as other parents whose children died in shootings to outline her criminal justice and gun control plans. The mothers of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice attended, as did family of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis.

Baldwin, Moore urge Justice Department action in review of Dontre Hamilton’s death

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin are calling on the Justice Department to expedite its review of the killing of Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee.

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the Democratic lawmakers from Wisconsin wrote:

We write to express our concern about the slow pace of the federal review of potential civil rights violations in the officer-involved shooting death of Dontre Hamilton, and federal “pattern and practice” review of the Milwaukee Police Department. We respectfully encourage the Department of Justice to expedite these reviews and to provide the Hamilton family with an update on the status of its efforts around Dontre’s death.   

It has been more than fourteen months since that tragedy occurred. It has been more than six months since Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisolm declined to file charges against Office Christopher Manney in relation to the shooting and U.S. Attorney Jim Santelle announced a federal review of the case. However, according to the Hamilton family, they have not received any updates as to the status of this review.     

Furthermore, U.S. Attorney Santelle began to solicit information from members of the Milwaukee community as early as October 2012 in support of a potential “pattern and practice” investigation of the Milwaukee Police Department. This announcement came after the July 2011 in-custody death of Derek Williams, which the medical examiner ruled a homicide. While we understand that the Justice Department continues to solicit community complaints about the conduct of the Milwaukee Police Department, we share the concern and frustration of the Milwaukee community with the pace of this review.   

We continue to hear from Milwaukee constituents who are fearful and distrustful of law enforcement, particularly after the deaths of Derek Williams and Dontre Hamilton. We believe tangible progress on these federal investigations will help to restore trust between the Milwaukee Police Department and the broader community and can lead to the implementation of policies and practices that will better protect our officers and better serve the people of Milwaukee.  

Law enforcement personnel have extremely difficult jobs and they put their lives on the line every day to help keep our communities safe. In Milwaukee, there has been an alarming increase in violence in recent months and, now more than ever, we must ensure that there is trust between police and the people they serve to help reduce crime and strengthen this community.  

Thank you again for your attention to this matter, and we look forward to working with you going forward.

ACLU of Wisconsin urges change for Madison Police Department

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin on June 3 expressed concern that violence by the Madison Police Department will continue without reform.

The ACLU was responding to an announcement from the MPD that Officer Matt Kenny was exonerated following an internal investigation into the fatal shooting of an unarmed man on March 6.

Kenny fatally shot Tony Robinson in an apartment building. Robinson’s death inspired a series of protests, many of them organized by Young, Gifted and Black coalition and repeated demands for change in the department and the community.

Earlier this spring, the Dane County prosecutor’s office announced it would not pursue charges against Kenny in connection with the death of Robinson, who was biracial.

ACLU of Wisconsin executive director Chris Ahmuty said on June 3, “The ACLU of Wisconsin believes that either the Madison Police Department’s policies or its internal investigations are deficient.”

Ahmuty cited a State Journal story that said the MPD’s standard operating procedure for officer-involved shootings states “detailed interviews should be delayed to allow the involved officer time to overcome the initial stress of the incident.”

Ahmuty said, “This procedure should call into question the integrity and accuracy of the internal investigation into Officer Kenny’s conduct. The internal investigation needs to be investigated to determine whether or not it is credible.”

The ACLU stated concern for recurring violence unless the MPD “finds better ways to handle critical incidents.”

Ahmuty said, “Mr. Robinson is the latest in a series of individuals killed by Madison police. Since the killing of Paul Heenan on Nov. 9, 2012, there have been five more killings, including Mr. Robinson. The ACLU of Wisconsin believes that too many killings have taken place, whether or not police officers violated the law or departmental policy.”

Dane County DA to announce decision in shooting by policeman

A Dane County prosecutor said he will announce on May 12 whether charges will be filed against a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 19-year-old biracial man in Madison.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne had promised to give the public advance notice of the announcement in the case of Madison Officer Matt Kenny, who shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson in an apartment on March 6. Ozanne issued a brief statement on the weekend saying he would make his findings public on May 12.

Police have said Kenny was responding to reports that Robinson had assaulted two people and was running in traffic. Investigators said Robinson attacked Kenny but other details haven’t been released.

Racial tension between police and minorities has been running high in several U.S. cities, most recently in Baltimore, where riots erupted after the funeral for Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody. Other high-profile cases of officers killing unarmed black residents include the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; Eric Garner in New York City; Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina, and Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee.

Six officers involved in Gray’s death have been charged, as has the officer who killed Scott. Grand juries declined to charge the officers involved in Brown’s and Garner’s deaths.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice investigated Robinson’s death under a state law that requires an outside agency to lead probes into officer-involved shootings. Ozanne said he received the last investigative reports from the agency on April 13 and has been mulling a decision since then.

The shooting has sparked multiple street protests led by the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition. The protests have been peaceful, although demonstrators have demanded Kenny be fired and charged with homicide. They also have said they don’t trust Ozanne, saying he’s part of a corrupt criminal justice system that targets blacks.

Police arrested at least four protesters in April after they blocked one of Madison’s main thoroughfares for eight hours.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is expected to run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, was in Israel on May 10. Asked if Walker plans to cut the trip short to be in Wisconsin when the decision is announced, Jocelyn Webster, a spokeswoman for Walker’s office, said in an email: “There have been peaceful demonstrations in the past and we expect that to be the case in the future. As always, Governor Walker is in regular contact with executive staff, regardless of his location.” 

Young, Gifted and Black statement issued …

The following statement was issued by the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition:

Out of respect for Tony Robinson’s family, Young Gifted and Black will not hold an action tomorrow (May 12) after District Attorney Ismael Ozanne makes his announcement regarding whether officer Matt Kenny will be charged with the death of 19-year-old black teenager Tony Robinson. We call community members to use Tuesday to remember Tony and reflect on the complex ways state violence impacts Black lives. 

We will resume our actions on Black Out Wednesday, the first day of action in Black Spring, a national movement for Black Liberation. Black Spring recognizes the death of Tony as connected to the killings of Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Rekia Boyd, Mya Hall, Tamir Rice, and Aiyana Jones. It is a movement that recognizes the poverty, mass incarceration, evacuated education systems, and physical and mental health struggles that Black people face all as injuries incurred in the war against Black people across in America. The long winter is over. It is time to grow and move in to spring, demonstrating resistance and resilience against the assault on Black people in Madison and across the country. 

We ask workers, students, families, and community members who share our vision to stand up for Black lives as a part of this Black Spring movement, and Walk Out on Black Out Wednesday. More information on the events of Black Out Wednesday will be released. 

Updated: Protests follow fatal police shooting of Madison biracial teen

UPDATED: Almost 2,000 university, high school and middle school students walked out of their classes on March 9 to join a demonstration against the fatal police shooting of unarmed biracial teen Tony Robinson in the state capital.

Students also amassed in the Capitol rotunda, waving signs and chanting, “Black lives matter,” which has become a standard slogan in dozens of protests around the country over the past several months — all of them organized to draw attention to a spate of police killings of unarmed black men, including Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee. 

Robinson, 19, was shot and killed by Madison police officer Matt Kenny. According to a police report, Kenny responded to a call at about 6:30 p.m. on March 6 complaining about a person “yelling and jumping in front of cars.” A second call to police said the man was “responsible for a battery,” Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said during a press conference on March 8.

The police report said Kenny, who is white, went to an apartment on Willy Street looking for the suspect and forced his way inside after overhearing a disturbance. There, he encountered Robinson, who struck Kenny in the head and knocked him to the ground before Kenny fired at him, according to the report.

Koval said police are investigating to determine how many shots were fired and to analyze the incident.

Robinson’s killing was the second incident in which Kenny used lethal force in his career. Eight years ago, he killed a white man who pointed a pellet gun at him. Kenny was exonerated of wrongdoing in that case and even awarded a commendation for it.

The March 6 incident was also Robinson’s second run-in with the law. At the time of his death, he was on probation for an armed break-in during 2014. 


During a March 8 press conference, Koval acknowledged that the fact Robinson was unarmed was “going to make this (case) all the more complicated for the investigators, for the public to accept.”

His concern quickly proved to be true. Peaceful protests and rallies were ongoing in the days following the killing. The city of Madison’s website was shut down on the night of March 9 and its email systems were disrupted by what city officials said might have been a cyberattack related to Robinson’s killing. Officials said the attack is similar to those experienced by other cities after officer-involved shootings.

The cyberattack affected in-car laptops used by law enforcement across the county, in addition to Madison’s system.

Since his initial press conference, Koval has reaffirmed his pledge to uncover the details of the case. He’s apologized to Robinson’s family and prayed with Robinson’s grandmother. 

Robinson’s uncle Turin Carter said his family wanted a thorough investigation, but added that family members do not endorse anti-police attitudes.

“We understand that law enforcement is necessary and mandatory and we need to change our mindset about the police,” Carter said in a news conference outside the house where Robinson was shot.

Robinson, a 2014 graduate of Sun Prairie High School, was well-liked, according to Olga Ennis, a neighbor and family friend. “He wouldn’t hurt a fly,” Ennis said.

She said many in the community don’t trust police officers. “We’re afraid of the cops,” she said. “Who do you call for help now?”

Mayor Paul Soglin called the shooting “a tragedy beyond description” in a statement. “I hope as the pain eases that something constructive will come of this,” he told the Wisconsin State Journal.

Robinson’s shooting came days after the U.S. Justice Department cleared Darren Wilson, the white former Ferguson, Missouri, officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black and unarmed, of federal civil rights charges. A second report found patterns of racial profiling, bigotry and profit-driven law enforcement and court practices in the St. Louis suburb.

There have been several high-profile deaths of black suspects killed by police officers in recent months. In New York City, Eric Garner died after officers put him in a chokehold and a video showed him repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe.” A police officer in Cleveland fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who had been pointing a pellet gun at a playground. And although Milwaukee police determined the officer who fatally shot Dontre Hamilton acted in self-defense, he was fired for ignoring department policy and treating Hamilton as a criminal by frisking him.

The Young, Gifted and Black Coalition, which has organized the protests in Madison, said “black people are eight times more likely to be arrested than white people” in Madison. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Politifact found the statement holds true for all of Dane County.

Koval has assured protesters that his department would defend their rights to gather, but he’s implored the community to exercise “responsibility and restraint.”

Koval said he understood the anger and distrust taking hold in the community. He said that “for those who do want to take to the street and protest,” his department would be there to “defend, facilitate, foster those First Amendment rights of assembly and freedom of speech.”

Koval also asked protesters to follow what he said was the lead of Robinson’s family in asking for “nondestructive” demonstrations. The Dane County NAACP issued a statement calling for “calm and vigilant monitoring of events as they unfold.”

Late on the afternoon following Robinson’s shooting, people filled the Fountain of Life Covenant Church for a community meeting. Family members took the stage and read a statement prepared by Robinson’s mother Andrea Irwin.

“I can’t even compute what has happened,” Irwin’s statement said. “I haven’t even had a chance to see his body.”

She was not present, and the statement said she was taking time to grieve with her children. Robinson’s grandmother, Sharon Irwin, was on the stage as the statement was read, but left immediately after.

Madison Mayor Soglin statement on death of Tony Robinson

At the scene of the shooting, I said this is a tragedy beyond description. Today, we begin what will be a difficult period for our city. Madisonians honor and respect the young life of Anthony Robinson. I say this without knowledge of the indispensible facts of what happened Friday night but out of respect for the dignity of every person.

His mother and father, siblings, relatives and friends lost a loved one. His parents are living their worst nightmare. Our hearts, our thoughts go out to the family and friends who are grieving.

Our community has many questions, questions that I share. There will be answers. There is a new state law that mandates an independent investigation into officer involved shootings. Investigators from the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation were on the scene immediately last night. We must give them time to do their job.

I met members of the family and members of the community who were at the scene last night and heard their concerns. I talked to Chief Koval and discussed those concerns, while offering support for our police officers and the difficult public service they perform every day. The Madison Police Department has a well-earned reputation as one of the finest departments in the Country.

We all deserve to know the facts in this case. Tony Robinson’s family deserves that, our community deserves that, and the Madison Police deserve that. When the answers come, we will be open and transparent in communicating them.

Our police officers serve us with respect, valor and dignity, a few hour earlier they were faced with hostile gunfire and managed to end that confrontation safely,

On this, the anniversary of the first March on Selma, let us remember the words of Dr. King 50 years ago: “The road ahead is not altogether a smooth one. There are no broad highways that lead us easily and inevitably to quick solutions. But we must keep going.”

The City of Madison, our police officers, our community, and I must and will keep moving forward with compassion, with understanding, with a commitment to facing the facts, finding the truth, and making necessary changes to ensure this great City is always more equitable and just. 

Hundreds at funeral for teen girl killed by Denver police

Hundreds of friends and relatives gathered on the weekend to say goodbye to a 17-year-old girl shot to death by Denver police officers. She was remembered for her big heart and gregarious spirit.

Mourners filled the pews at the funeral for Jessica Hernandez at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Westminster, in the suburbs north of Denver where she grew up. The Mass was held in Spanish, with English translation for the crowd that spilled beyond the church’s doors.

The Rev. Richard Nakvasil remembered Hernandez as a devoted sister to her five siblings and as an empathetic teenager who tried to help the homeless. But he relied mostly on her own words, reading a poem she wrote in which she tried to summarize her complicated nature.

“I seem to be a fighter, someone who doesn’t like connections,” Nakvasil read, speaking into a microphone so those standing in the back could hear. “It seems I don’t want peace. But really I am outgoing … But really I do want peace. Where there is no violence. I really don’t want to fight.”

Police have said Hernandez was shot Jan. 26 after she drove a stolen car toward an officer in a residential alley in Denver. Police Chief Robert White has said officers repeatedly told her and four other teens to get out of the car before two officers opened fire. A passenger in the car has disputed the police account, saying Hernandez lost control of the vehicle because she had already been shot and was unconscious.

The shooting, which remains under investigation, sparked protests and came amid an ongoing national debate about police use of force fueled by racially charged episodes in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. Hernandez’s family and others have called for an outside prosecutor to investigate what happened.

But even as questions swirled about her death, Hernandez’s life was in focus on Feb. 7.

Her friends wore red sweat shirts emblazoned with a picture of her wide smile. Cars in the parking lot had “Justice for Jessie” scrawled on their windshields.

Nakvasil said he understood that for many in the crowd, grief was compounded by questions about Hernandez’s death.

Angel Rodriguez, 15, one of Hernandez’s former schoolmates, said he couldn’t make sense of the shooting, which left his friends puzzled and angry.

“We don’t want people to use a very sad incident like this to do something violent,” said Cisco Gallardo, program director for Denver’s Gang Rescue and Support Project.

The group’s staffers were on hand at the request of Hernandez’s family, but she was not involved with the organization, which tries to keep young people from joining gangs, he said.

“Any death puts your life in perspective, and for some young people it pulls them down. We don’t want kids to blow it out of proportion,” Gallardo said.

Many of those in attendance at the funderal had never met Hernandez but came to support her family. Hernandez was a lesbian, and her case has garnered additional attention from LGBT civil rights activists.

“When we see Jessie’s face, that’s like looking in the mirror,” Miriam “Mimi” Madrid Puga said. “It’s tragic we’ll never see that smile again. But her spirit will live on.”

Video shows cop shoot unarmed black man with hands raised

Another police killing is stirring anger in a U.S. city, this time in New Jersey, where a tense traffic stop captured on video ended with a passenger shot to death as he stepped out of a car with his hands raised at shoulder height.

The newly released footage from a police dashboard camera shows police in a Dec. 30 stop that escalates quickly after one officer warns his partner about seeing a gun in the glove compartment of the Jaguar.

Bridgeton officer Braheme Days screams over and over at the passenger, Jerame Reid, “Show me your hands!” and “If you reach for something, you’re going to be f—— dead!” The officer appears to reach into the car and remove the gun. But the brief standoff ends with Reid disregarding Days’ order to not move, stepping out and getting shot.

The shooting has touched off protests in Bridgeton, a struggling city of about 25,000 people — two-thirds of them black or Hispanic — outside Philadelphia. The case came after months of turbulent demonstrations and violence over the killings of unarmed black men by white police officers in New York and Ferguson, Missouri. Eric Garner’s death in New York was captured on video, while Michael Brown’s in Ferguson was not.

Days is black, his partner white. The passenger was black, as was the driver.

Both officers have been placed on leave while the Cumberland County prosecutor’s office investigates.

Activists are calling on the prosecutor to transfer the case to the state attorney general. First Assistant Prosecutor Harold Shapiro would not comment on the investigation Wednesday.

“The video speaks for itself that at no point was Jerame Reid a threat and he possessed no weapon on his person,” said Walter Hudson, chair and founder of the civil rights group the National Awareness Alliance. “He complied with the officer and the officer shot him.”

Reid, 36, had spent about 13 years in prison for shooting at New Jersey State Police troopers when he was a teenager. He was also arrested last year on charges including drug possession and obstruction; Days was one of the arresting officers then.

The video was released through open records requests from the South Jersey Times and the Press of Atlantic City.

The officers had pulled over the Jaguar for rolling through a stop sign, and the encounter starts friendly. But Days suddenly steps back, pulls his gun and tells the men, “Show me your hands.” Days tells his partner there is a gun in the glove compartment and then appears to reach in and remove a handgun.

The driver, Leroy Tutt, is seen showing his hands atop the open window on his side of the car. It’s not clear what Reid is doing, though Days repeatedly warns him not to move during the standoff of less than two minutes.

“I’m going to shoot you!” Days shouts, referring to Reid at one point by his first name. “You’re going to be … dead! If you reach for something, you’re going to be … dead!”

“I ain’t got no reason to reach for nothing, bro. I ain’t got no reason to reach for nothing,” Reid says as Days continues to yell to his partner that Reid is reaching for something.

Someone then says, “I’m getting out and getting on the ground,” but Days yells at Reid not to move.

The passenger door pops open and Reid emerges. His hands are at about shoulder height and appear to be empty. As he steps out, the officers fire at least six shots.

After the shooting, there are shouts from people in the area, and other police and emergency vehicles arrive.