– Family of black man killed by police calls for justice
Simran Gordon, 24, was killed by police in Rochester, New York, during an intervention at a supermarket on October 6.
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The family of a black man who was killed by police during a supermarket intervention on October 6 in Rochester, upstate New York, demanded justice after authorities released images of the drama. The two videos were taken by the pedestrian cameras of the police officers called that evening to respond to a theft, including the officer who shot Simran Gordon, 24.
In the first video, this policeman walks into the store, draws his gun, then asks the man to take his hands out of his pockets. The policeman approaches and insists. Simran Gordon then fled into the shelves, pursued by the policeman. As he catches up with him, the image deteriorates because the agent is unbalanced and several shots are heard close together.
“Drop the gun, drop the gun!” the policeman shouts at Simran Gordon who is on the ground, obviously hurt. In the other video, a policewoman walks through another beam and comes up to Simran Gordon’s face when he is already lying down, moaning. With her foot, she seems to take an object out of his hand, before saying: “I have it.”
The Attorney General of the State of New York, Letitia James, assured Wednesday that this broadcast “does not (constitute) the expression of any opinion on the guilt or innocence of one of the parties”. Rather, Rochester Police released a version with captions on Tuesday, assuring that Simran Gordon was armed and fired the first shot.
But several members of the Gordon family have told local media they don’t believe this version. “It wasn’t a shootout. It was not a shootout. It is a murder, plain and simple, assured the uncle of Simran Gordon, Lyndon Gordon, on several local chains.
“More questions than answers”
Contacted by AFP, the family lawyer, Yousef Taha, assured that the dissemination of the images “leaves us with more questions than answers”. “We ask the Attorney General’s office to conduct a full and transparent investigation into his death (…) We will continue to seek justice for Simran and his family,” he added.
Rochester had been the scene of protests in 2020 after the death of Daniel Prude, another black man who died after police intervention. Daniel Prude, 41, was seen handcuffed and covered with a hood while he was naked in the street, in the throes of a psychotic episode.
An officer pressing both hands on the hood, he lost consciousness and died a week later in hospital, without ever coming out of a coma. The autopsy had concluded with a homicide related to a “asphyxia consecutive to a physical constraint” but a grand jury had decided not to charge any of the police officers present.
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