Michael Daniel (Photo: Kino Blacksher)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- After the Michael Daniel was killed in an officer-involved shooting, the family is speaking out and asking for a thorough and fair investigation.
Rizelle Aaron, a civil rights activist and advocate, sent out a press release on the family's behalf. The letter in its entirety and can be read below:
On behalf of the family of Michael Daniel the family submits the following statement from their spokesman Rizelle Aaron:
In the past few months there have been several officer involved shootings in the central Arkansas area including Carlton Wallace, Henry Jones Jr., Bobby Moore Jr. Cleodis Castleberry, Eugene Ellison and the latest, Michael Daniel II. There are two significant similarities in all of these shootings -- all of the victims are male and all are African-American.
The family believes that the majority of police officers are good, honest, hardworking men and women who risk their lives every single day to keep us safe and protect us from harm. However, it is troubling when we don't see any corrective action or serious concern from police leadership when some of our officers maim and/or execute alleged non-violent offenders. This cannot continue to happen.
In the interest of justice the family prays for a thorough and fair investigation into the death of their brother, Micheal. Michael was someone's child and someone's brother. They hope that when the true facts come out about his killing, that the public will be as outraged as they are, and join with them in demanding change and accountability from the LRPD. The Daniel Family has retained the services of Attorney Bridgette Frazier at the Frazier Law Firm to make sure that his death does not get swept under the rug, and that justice is served.
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