Earlier this week, a man was reportedly wounded by a police officer in Raleigh and what followed tells us North Carolina doesn’t play about its own. According to reports, a crowd gathered outside the Raleigh police chief’s home to protest and demand answers.
“A large crowd later appeared in downtown Raleigh and marched through various streets, blocking the roads and continuing to chant well into Wednesday morning,” CBS 17 states, adding “A U.S. flag was taken from the Executive Mansion by protesters and later burned in the street.”
A police news release claimed there was a 911 call about a man with a gun and when cops arrived they “observed an individual who matched the description given by the 911 caller.” The news release goes on to say the individual ran, was chased, and ordered to drop the alleged gun. The individual, 26-year-old Javier Torres, was shot once and a gun was reportedly found nearby.
“A large agitated crowd at the scene demanded answers from police, who did not release significant information until four hours after the shooting,” CBS 17 reports, adding “A business owner near the scene told CBS 17 he heard multiple gunshots in the area off New Bern Avenue. A Sheetz gas station and Dairy Queen are located at the intersection of North Rogers Lane at New Bern Avenue.”
“We need immediate and swift transparency regarding this incident because the community has a right to know and needs to know what’s going on,” said Kerwin Pittman, according to the site.
30-year-old Soheil Mojarrad was shot and killed in the same area by police last year. Clips from the viral protest below.