The case file was despatched to freeway patrol officers in Jefferson City as half of the company’s chain of command and can subsequent be launched to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. No timetable has been set on when that will happen, stated Sgt. William Lowe, a spokesman for the freeway patrol.
“We have gathered all the facts, and evidence, we have up to this point,” Lowe stated. “The investigation, in theory, is not concluded until the prosecutor’s office has ruled.”
A Kansas City police officer fatally shot 31-year-old Johnson in a fuel station at 63rd Street and Prospect Avenue on March 25.
His loss of life stoked anger earlier this month when a gaggle of religion leaders released a surveillance video that they stated confirmed Johnson was restrained when he was shot and contradicted police accounts of the encounter.
Khadijah Hardaway, a spokeswoman for the household, stated Thursday that they’re happy the investigation has concluded, however stay pessimistic that the officers concerned will probably be held accountable.
“The continuation of lying and wanting to tell the community what happened, or even educate us about the process which is a horrible feeling,” Hardaway stated Thursday. “It is really clear that this young man was on his stomach in all three of those videos, and he was executed.”
The household and others have requested the U.S. Department of Justice to research the shooting in addition to different practices and patterns of the Kansas City Police Department.
“I don’t believe that there will necessarily be any honesty coming from this,” Hardaway stated. “So the idea of transparency in our eyes, it looks like the same old, same old, happening all over. The idea that we should lay down and believe this and keep going through the process is insanity.”
The two-minute-and 28-second video exhibits two officers method a person recognized by religion leaders as Johnson, who was standing on the counter. With their weapons drawn, the officers instantly seize him.
A wrestle unfolds and extra officers attempt to restrain him on the bottom. The digicam angle solely exhibits the person’s toes because the confrontation continues. The video ends as an officer who seems to be wounded within the leg is rushed out of the shop.
The freeway patrol stated the officers tried to arrest Johnson when “a fight, a struggle ensued.” The patrol stated Johnson drew a handgun and shot one of the officers within the leg as two different officers arrived on the scene to help with the arrest.
The wounded officer returned gunfire, fatally wounding Johnson.
Except for the officer who was wounded, all of the officers concerned within the shooting are on full obligation, stated Sgt. Jacob Becchina, a police spokesman. The injured officer stays on medical depart.
The freeway patrol has not launched particulars on which officer fatally shot Johnson.
When the video was launched, Rev. Emanuel Cleaver III, of St. James United Methodist Church, stated all of the officers ought to be fired and criminally charged.
Johnson’s loss of life has prompted one other spherical of calls for police reform by space neighborhood teams and activists.
Other videos have also surfaced, together with one appeared to have been captured by a retailer worker.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker stated her workplace had acquired movies from witnesses and neighborhood members to evaluate. Baker stated her workplace would decide if there have been any discrepancies between the unique account of the shooting and the precise proof.
Hardaway stated the three movies that got to authorities present ample proof for Baker’s workplace to right away file felony fees towards the officers.
“So the question to Jean remains why haven’t you done that yet and what more does the community need to do in order for you to do that,” she stated.
Johnson was sought by police in reference to a March 15 shooting through which a bullet grazed the foot of a person at a house within the 9700 block of East 43rd Street.