Residents have plenty of questions about the killing of JaQuavion Slaton who was shot with at least 10 bullets.
The shooting in Texas that killed 20-year-old JaQuavion Slaton over the weekend is raising questions, say the witnesses and the residents of Fort Worth neighborhood. After the young man was shot with as many as 10 bullets, residents are now demanding justice.
Fort Worth officers said they feared for their lives when they shot and killed JaQuavion Slaton, 20. But family members and activists want to see body cam video. https://t.co/HVz15lRDB3— WFAA (@wfaa) June 12, 2019
According to Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth Police Department was not making body cam footage available immediately, and it was unclear if any even existed. Officers claimed Slaton had a gun but had not yet provided any proof of that, either.
Community activists are demanding answers about four officer-involved shootings in the first eight days of June.
JaQuavion Slaton was just 20-years-old when police in Fort Worth killed him over the weekend. Community residents have questions. https://t.co/4Vzj1Qmv0w— NewsOne (@newsone) June 11, 2019
Police said Slaton was a suspect in an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to a breaking news report after the shooting on Sunday afternoon. When cops saw him, along with two other men, a chase ensued and Slaton ended up hiding in a truck after the other two men were taken into custody. That’s when the cops got trigger-happy, according to one eye-witness.
ICYMI: Two witnesses of JaQuavion Slaton shooting by Fort Worth police said officers were in their backyard guns drawn while their grandchildren played nearby. https://t.co/zsHgU2pqvo— Candi Bolden (@CandiBolds) June 11, 2019
The shooting took place in the back yard of Tamequa Muhammad, who told those in attendance on Monday night at the meeting that the cops were reckless in their pursuit. She said the cops came out guns blazing without regard for her nearby grandchildren or other innocent bystanders.
20-yr-old Jaquavion Slaton was wanted for agg assault w/ deadly weapon out of Tyler area. @fortworthpd was trying to serve arrest warrant but say Slaton refused to cooperate. He was ultimately shot & killed. Activists hope police will release video of shooting. @FOX4 @GoodDayFox4 pic.twitter.com/WolT3XUdOt— Ashley Paredez (@AshleyOnFox4) June 11, 2019
Her husband said, 'he does not feel police took his family or the community’s safety into consideration because they offered no warning', according to the Star-Telegram. The couple also said police didn’t try to de-escalate the situation when they located Slaton in the truck, either.
“Even if the young man did something, still it didn’t warrant a death sentence,” Tamequa Muhammad said during the meeting.
The description of the shooting was fairly in line with other recent and older police shootings shrouded in suspicion over whether cops were being completely forthcoming. It was also another example of a police force betraying any trust the community may have had with it. That point was hammered home by a community organizer who attended Monday night’s meeting.