Cell phone video footage shows police responding to a 911 call of a wheel-chair bound man who allegedly shot himself by fatally shooting him ten times.
Delaware investigators are looking into the fatal shooting of wheelchair-bound Jeremy Dole by police on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old’s death was captured on video by a bystander. His family is demanding answers but police insist that McDole threatened them with a gun, although he appears without one in the graphic footage.
In the video an unidentified officer can be heard shouting for McDole to show him his hands and then a shot is immediately fired. Officers continue to scream repeatedly at McDole to put his hands up and “drop the gun.” McDole is seen fidgeting up and down in his wheelchair and bleeding. The police then fire multiple rounds at McDole causing him to keel over his wheelchair and collapse to the ground — dead.
Warning: video is graphic
“It was an execution,” McDole’s uncle, Eugene Smit, told the Associated Press. “That’s what it was. I don’t care if he was black, white, whatever.”
Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings justifies the police shooting saying McDole was removing a weapon from his waist. Police said they recovered a .38 caliber handgun that had been at McDole’s side during the shooting.
Yet his family denies the accusation asserting McDole had his hands in his lap. They also contest the allegation the young black man was suicidal, although police say a witness say McDole shoot himself before the police fired.
The video is yet another harsh visual reminder of the violent, defensive force police use against marginalized members of society. And in the aftermath of these tragic incidents, they then pin the blame on the victim’s mental health or possibility of being armed.