Another Black man has been killed by police. According to the Associated Press, the shooting occurred on Sept. 24 in Wilmington, Delaware.
Shortly after 3 p.m., police responded to a call about a person with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. When police arrived on the scene, a bystander began gathering cellphone footage of the incident. On the video, police can be seen yelling at wheelchair-bound Jeremy McDole, 28.
Police are telling McDole to “drop the gun,” but it’s hard to see if McDole is carrying a gun. After continuing to yell at McDole to “show his hands,” seven gunshots are fired by police officers. Blood is visible around McDole’s neck area and he begins to rock back and forth. He eventually loses consciousness and falls to the ground as blood oozes from his body.
Police claim that McDole had a handgun, but several family members said that he was unarmed. McDole was released from prison in 2013 and was living in a nursing home. He had been confined to a wheelchair since being shot at 18.
Although details are still being released, it’s another case of police officers using deadly force in a situation that didn’t need to lead to death. Since the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and other Blacks who have been killed by police, organizations such as Black Lives Matter have raised their voices to speak out against police brutality.