LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Following an officer-involved shooting Monday morning that left one man dead, community and family members are expressing their thoughts and concerns.
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Police said the suspect was shot after he ran from them, and they saw a gun with the suspect. They tried pulling the man over in an SUV, which they thought was stolen. When the driver stopped, he led police on a foot chase, which ended in an altercation, shots fired, and the suspect being killed.
After the shooting, an unplanned protest of sorts took place near the shooting, which grew to include about 200 people. Community members questioned the officers' actions and said there are too many police officers killing people in the city.
"We tired of these killings. These unjustly killings. That's why we out here," said one protestor.
A woman who describer herself as Charlotte held a sign saying 'Stop the Killling', claiming five African American men have been killed by police in the last year. LRPD records only show two.
"I am a voice for the ones that they have killed. I am a voice for Michael Daniel. I'm a voice for Denzel Hobbs. I'm a voice for Bobby Moore. I'm a voice for all the young and old black men, Mr. Eddison, that they have killed. That is who I am," said Charlotte.
The crowd became increasingly agitated when more than 50 officers arrived on scene. Over a loud speaker, one officer demanded the crowd disperse or face arrest. After holding a police line for several minutes, LRPD retreated and the crowd eventually dispersed.
A bottle was thrown at LRPD Chief Stuart Thomas while he addressed the media, but he was not injured. Chief Thomas said despite his officers being provoked, he is proud of the way they handled the protest.
"People have a right to express their opinions and their ideas, and we are going to protect that right. By the same token, we have an obligation to follow through with what we have to do with the scene, and I think we did that," said Chief Thomas.