Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump announced that he will represent the family of the 37-year-old man Jason Walker, a Black man he said was “shot in the back as he tried to return home” Saturday in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Crump said in a statement to The Daily Beast on Tuesday that Walker was shot less than 100 meters from his parents’ home.
Crump said: “We are committed, with the family and young son Jason Walker left behind, to find answers about what happened to him when he was senselessly shot dead by co-pilot Jeffrey Hash.”
“We have reason to believe this is a ‘shoot first, ask later’ case, a philosophy commonly seen in law enforcement circles. We turn to SBI North Carolina for a speedy and transparent investigation so we can get justice for Jason and his loved ones.”
In one tweet on Monday, Crump asked, “Why is this level of EXTREMELY necessary?! We need transparency and answers as to why this off-duty officer ended Walker’s life! ”
Walker’s family declined to comment.
On Monday night, as protesters spilled outside and chanted throughout the night, the Fayetteville City Council voted unanimously to pass a resolution asking the Justice Department to investigate Walker’s shooting death for possible violations. civil rights.
Fayetteville City Council Courtney Banks-McLaughlin first made the request. “I just wanted to make sure they were supportive,” Banks-McLaughlin said during the meeting. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to the Fayetteville Police Department, Walker, who was black, was fatally shot by Lieutenant Jeffrey Hash of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office working Saturday after allegedly running into Hash’s car and jumping in Hash’s car. .
However, those who say they saw part of the incident unfold have claimed Walker was shot in the back by Hash. During the protests, Walker’s family disputed the notion that he used to be in traffic to begin with.
Since the shooting, the city has experienced three consecutive days of protests as activists and community members demanded Hash’s arrest.
The investigation of the incident was quickly turned over to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Meanwhile, Fayetteville Sheriff Gina Hawkins said at a city council meeting Monday night that she has been in contact with the FBI and said the agency is doing an “initial review” of the events, camera footage and eyewitness statements.
An FBI spokesperson told The Daily Beast on Monday: “We are aware of the Fayetteville shooting death investigation and are in regular contact with state and local authorities. “If during the course of an SBI investigation in North Carolina, information indicates a possible federal violation, the FBI will be prepared to investigate.”
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