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FORT WORTH -- A 32-year-old man who was fatally shot by a Fort Worth police officer Monday night had been under surveillance on suspicion of narcotics trafficking, police officials said Tuesday.
"The officer was able to place his feet on the driver's side running board, unholster his service weapon and order the driver to stop," the release stated.
The incident sparked protests Tuesday in the Stop Six neighborhood, where participants called the shooting unjustified and said they will push for a federal investigation.
"Word has to get out concerning what's happening in the black community," said the Rev. Randolph Shaheed, who helped organize the protests. "We're not trying to be radical as it relates to violence. We're out here trying to be radical as it relates to change. Change has to come."
"We've been getting dragged through our own community for years now," said Kendrick Moore, a friend of Thomas'. "We're grown. Now we've got some power behind us, whether the police department knows it or not, and we're fixing to take action. This was wrong."
Another protester, Terrance Montgomery, called the police "just another form of militia -- they're just an organized gang."
Simmons said her niece said her handicapped father was reaching for his cane when the officer "let loose" with gunfire.
Originally posted by OptimisticPessimist
If my arm was deliberately trapped like that and I had a gun, I would not hesitate to use it after I had made it clear the person was to stop attempting to kill me and they refused to comply.
But, what with the historical abuses towards the American Black Community, it's no suprise they would be highly suspicious of any death at the hands of Law Enforcement.
Originally posted by prone
The guy could have just got arrested, put on bail and be out that same night. .
At the undercover officers' request, the patrol officer, later identified as Romer, pulled over Thomas' black 2005 Ford Expedition in the 6000 block of East Rosedale Street and told Thomas that he was under arrest on warrants issued in Dalworthington Gardens, police said.
The officer reported that a man was in the front passenger seat and that three children were in the back seat.
"The driver stated that he was not going to jail and locked the door," the release stated. "The officer reached into the half-opened window and attempted to unlock the door to extract the driver. While reaching in the window, the driver rolled up the window, trapping the officer's arm, while simultaneously accelerating towards the freeway."
The Tarrant County medical examiner's office found that Thomas died of gunshot wounds and ruled the death a homicide.
"The driver stated that he was not going to jail and locked the door," the release stated. "The officer reached into the half-opened window and attempted to unlock the door to extract the driver. While reaching in the window, the driver rolled up the window, trapping the officer's arm, while simultaneously accelerating towards the freeway." Read more: www.star-telegram.com...
When he did this he turned his SUV into a weapon. The police officer shot him to save his life.
Anyways, so you think a piece of paper is legitimate grounds for a shooting death?
Shouldn't the cop have shot the tires out and called back up to surround the guy?
He was Unarmed.