Ilhan Omar calls fatal police shooting of black man ‘state sanctioned murder.’ But police say he fired first
‘Let’s stop normalizing + justifying state sanctioned murder by those who take an oath to uphold the law’
Justice advocates are once again fighting for answers after Minneapolis police fatally shot 23-year-old Dolal Idd on Wednesday. According to ABC News, Idd was killed in the same neighborhood where George Floyd was murdered by police officers in May. Idd’s untimely death is also the first to come at the hands of Minneapolis police officers since Floyd.
In response, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who represents most of Minneapolis, called Idd’s death “state sanctioned murder.”
“A man was killed, his family terrorized & robbed of a son and all they are left w/ is more questions than answers,” Omar tweeted. “Let’s stop normalizing + justifying state sanctioned murder by those who take an oath to uphold the law.”
What does the body cam footage show?
According to law enforcement, who have since released brief footage from one of the officers involved in the fatal shooting, police officers only shot and killed Idd after he fired on officers first.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said that officers on the scene, nearby witnesses, and the released body cam footage confirm that Idd shot first.
“When I viewed the video that everyone else is viewing… it appears that the individual inside the vehicle fired his weapon at the vehicle first,” Arradondo said, according to ABC News.
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According to WCCO-TV, police said they were attempting to stop Idd because he was a suspect in a felony gun investigation. ABC News reported that officials said a weapon was recovered at the scene.
Still, Idd’s family is demanding answers.
Bayle Gelle, Idd’s father, accused police of acting discriminately.
“We need justice, we need justice. They don’t want to give us any answers,” Gelle told WCCO. “He was just sitting in the car, and bullets were shot at him, and no reason. Why are we here? Because why were they shooting? Because of color. He is a black man. We want to know why my sweet son gets shot and killed.”
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is leading the investigation into the incident.
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