Black Lives Matter: Shooting shows police 'fear'

Police Shooting Naked Teen
Posted at 2:41 AM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 03:41:42-04

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) -- A Black Lives Matter leader in Oklahoma City says this week's fatal shooting of a naked, unarmed teenager shows an "inherent fear of people of color."

Police in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond shot and killed the black, 17-year-old Isaiah Mark Lewis on Monday inside a home they say he had broken into.

The Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson, executive director of the Oklahoma City chapter of Black Lives Matter, says the organization is pushing for more training for officers to recognize inherent biases against black people and for dealing with anyone having a mental episode.

Dickerson said Thursday she did not know Lewis' immediate family, but the fact that he was running naked in public shows there were "definitely some cognitive issues."

Edmond police say Lewis fought the officers, who first used a stun gun and then a handgun.

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