‘Detroit will breathe’ reacts to body cam footage of Hakim Littleton’s death

‘Detroit will breathe’ reacts to body cam footage of Hakim Littleton’s death

DETROIT – Protests in response to a fatal officer-involved shooting Friday resulted in the arrests of eight people. People gathered at the site hours after 20-year-old Hakim Littleton was shot and killed on Detroit’s west side and demanded police release video of the fatal shooting. During a Friday evening press conference, the Detroit Police Department released body camera footage of the incident to combat rumors on social media that police killed an unarmed teenager. The graphic footage shows Littleton fire a gun at an officer before police shot him. The organization “Detroit Will Breathe” held a press conference Saturday afternoon at the scene of the shooting, near the intersection of West McNichols Road and San Juan Drive. “I just thought that it was highly inappropriate and really shocking that there was no one there to give the community any answers or any way to engage,” said Tristan Taylor, with Detroit Will Breathe. “We know for a fact that had we not been out here that video would not have been released the same day.” Police chief James Craig spoke about the incident Saturday morning. He said he stands behind his officers and their decision to pull the trigger. “Clearly when you look at this video, the officer responded appropriately,” Craig said. “It certainly was a threat to that of his own life and that of his partners.” “Detroit Police Department shows us again that it doesn’t have the strength and doesn’t know how to engage with citizens in a way that is geared ...
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