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The Wicomico County Branch of the NAACP has blasted Sheriff Mike Lewis for recent remarks holding President Barak Obama responsible for recent police across the county.  

NAACP Branch president Mary Ashanti told the Salisbury Daily Times that, “This kind of statement is inflammatory and reckless.”

Lewis’ direct quote from the paper reads as follows: “I’m hold Barack Hussein Obama responsible for what’s going on in the country.”

Lewis also criticized Obama’s sympathy for the Black Lives Matter movement which he said had caused a backlash against police.

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FREDERICA, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say a trooper fatally shot a man who waved a gun toward troopers during a traffic stop.

The shooting occurred Monday night after police say Caroline County, Maryland, sheriff's deputies pursued a stolen pickup truck into Delaware driven by a man wanted in burglaries in both states.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware attorney general's office says the use of deadly force last year by Dover police officer responding to a report of a man armed with a gun was arguably justified.

Authorities said in a report dated Tuesday that the state could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Officer Ryan Schmid committed a crime in shooting Terrance Fletcher last August.

Fletcher was shot in the leg by Schmid while running from another law enforcement officer after police were tipped that a person in a neighborhood near downtown Dover had a gun.

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The shooting death of Jeremy McDole has revealed that the ability for officers to use lethal force only requires the belief that it is necessary to protect others.

In a 31 page report issued by the state Attorney General’s office on its decision not to prosecute it said that only a belief was necessary whether it was reasonable or unreasonable.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Attorney General Matt Denn has asked for major reforms of the training for officers in the Wilmington Police Department.

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African American leaders in Delaware want the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the police shooting death of Jeremy McDole for civil rights violations.

The 28 year old McDole was sitting in a wheel chair when he was ordered to drop a gun by police.

Authorities say when he appeared to reach for his waist the officers fired.

State Prosecutors say the will not bring any criminal charges against the officers.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware attorney general's office has concluded that criminal charges cannot be brought against four Wilmington police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man in a wheelchair, although investigators concluded that one officer exhibited "extraordinarily poor" police work and should not be allowed to carry a gun.

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The death of Jeremy McDole who was shot and killed  by Wilmington Police while in a wheelchair has the NAACP calling on state officials to shed more light on the case.

Police recently announced that they have finished their investigation into the shooting but have not released the results.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that police did reveal there was gunshot residue found on McDole’s hand and clothing when he was shot.

Police say that they only shot McDole when he reached for a gun after declining to raise his hands.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for the city of Wilmington are seeking to move a lawsuit over the fatal police shooting of a black man in his wheelchair from state court to federal court.

A notice to move the lawsuit was filed late Thursday.

An attorney for Jeremy McDole's family claims a federal jury drawn from a statewide jury pool is less likely than a jury of local residents to include minorities.

An attorney for the city did not immediately respond to an email.

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The family of Jeremy McDole is suing the city of Wilmington after he was shot to death by police while in a wheel chair because he was paralyzed with a gun by his side.

The suit alleges that the deadly shooting result of racial discrimination claiming that if McDole had been white police might not have shot him.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the 28-year McDole was shot a number of times by four officers three of whom were white and the fourth was Hispanic.  

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A man who was shot by Baltimore police has been charged with first-degree murder in an unrelated crime allegedly committed hours earlier.

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said at a news conference Wednesday that 24-year-old Keith Davis Jr. is charged in the shooting death of 22-year-old Kevin Jones just before 5 a.m. on June 7.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The parents of a man shot to death by a Virginia officer have filed a lawsuit against the officer.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Audrey and Glennis Latham filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Norfolk officer Michael Carlton Edington Jr. in Norfolk Circuit Court on Monday. The lawsuit comes 20 months after Edington shot 35-year-old David Latham.

The lawsuit seeks $9 million and accuses Edington of using excessive force and illegally shooting Latham.

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) - The principal of Merrimack High School said a moment of silence will be held in honor of Ashley Guindon, the Virginia police officer who was shot and killed by a suspect after she responded to a domestic violence call at the suspect's home.

Principal Ken Johnson said in a letter to the school board and staff that he had "sad and tragic news, the loss of a student."

Guindon, 28, was a 2005 graduate of the high school.

Guindon was one of three officers shot. The other two officers are expected to recover.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - After Freddie Gray's death, Baltimore police vowed to vigorously investigate when officers used force in the field.

But 10 months later, a trial for a man who was shot by police has raised questions about whether the department is following its own policies when investigating officers. Several officers testified recently in a robbery trial.

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ESSEX, Md. (AP) - Surveillance video shows that the passenger who exited a car during a stop had his hands up and then dropped them before a Maryland officer shot him.

Baltimore County police released the video from a nearby business Monday.

In the incident early Thursday in Essex, the passenger exits the car and puts his hands above his head, bending down once to place something on the ground.

He stands up and again raises his hands. When he later drops them, the officer fires and the passenger falls. Police identify the officer as Officer Olszewski.

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JOPPA, Md. (AP) - The Harford County community will have a chance to honor the memory of a sheriff's deputy who was killed in the line of duty earlier this month.

The viewing for Mark Logsdon, a 16-year veteran of the Harford County Sheriff's Department, will begin Thursday at the Mountain Christian Church in Joppa.

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JOPPA, Md. (AP) - A funeral is set for one of two Harford County Sheriff's deputies fatally shot in the line of duty earlier this month.

Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey, a 30-year veteran of the department and a volunteer firefighter, was shot and killed on Feb. 10 while responding to a complaint at Panera Bread in Abingdon. Another deputy, Mark Logsdon, was also slain before deputies fatally shot the gunman, 68-year-old David Evans.

The funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa.

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ABINGDON, Md. (AP) - A line of mourners was waiting even before a viewing began for one of the two Harford County sheriff's deputies killed in a shootout earlier this week in Abingdon.

Monday was the first of two days of viewings planned for Senior Deputy Patrick B. Dailey before his funeral Wednesday. The Baltimore Sun reports that Ethan Magness, pastor of spiritual formation at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, said that a "steady stream" of people came to pay their respects to Dailey at the church.

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There were protesters out in Wilmington’s business section blocking roadways during the lunch yesterday.

They were protesting the fatal police shooting of Jeremy McDole and the failure to bring criminal action against the officers.

There were around 30 in all who shouted “No Justice, No Peace” as they made their way down Fourth Street.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the family has called on Mayor Dennis Williams, Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn and the city police Chief Bobby Cummings to step down.

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The family of Jeremy McDole who was shot and killed by police while he was in a wheel chair are calling for the resignation of Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn and Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams.

At a rally outside police headquarters in Wilmington on Saturday protesters also called for the resignation of police Chief Bobby Cummings.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that some of the protesters shouted “Don’t Shoot Me” at officers who stood watch over the crowd.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Officials say the mother of a Delaware man in a wheelchair who was fatally shot by police has been accused of assaulting a woman she thought made a 911 call about her son.

Officials said the woman Phyllis McDole allegedly assaulted was not the woman who made a 911 call last week about a man who had shot himself and was still armed with a gun. Police say officers fatally shot 28-year-old Jeremy McDole after he ignored commands to drop his weapon and reached toward his waist.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Court records show that a Delaware man in a wheelchair who reportedly shot himself and refused repeated commands to drop his weapon before being killed by police had previously expressed suicidal thoughts and had a history of being combative with police.

Some people who saw 28-year-old Jeremy McDole in the days and hours before he was killed Wednesday said he did not appear to be sad or to be acting strangely.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's governor and the mayor of Wilmington have expressed their condolences to the family of a man shot and killed by Wilmington police.
 
Gov. Jack Markell and Mayor Dennis Williams joined scores of people at a vigil Thursday evening for Jeremy McDole, who was killed Wednesday afternoon. The crowd prayed for healing, unity and justice. But some also vented their anger while the two elected officials listened quietly.
 

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The family of a man in wheel chair who was shot dead by Wilmington police on Wednesday is disputing a claim that he had a gun.

There is a cell phone video by a witness with an officer holding a rifle or shotgun at the man and screaming for him to drop the gun and hands up.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the man who appears to be bleeding and trying to get up eventually slides his hand up his thigh toward his waist when officers open fire.

No gun is visible in the video posted on YouTube.

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The Delaware NAACP wants an independent investigation into the police shooting of Terrance Fletcher.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that initially the mayor had said that Fletcher pointed a gun at the Dover officer after being chased.

It was then, the mayor said, the officer shot Fletcher.

But the paper says the Dover police would not even confirm the mayor’s account or describe the circumstances of the shooting.

The News Journal reports that the white officer, whose name has not been released, shot the 21-year old in the torso.

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Delaware's attorney general's office says a shooting by two Wilmington police officers that left a man a quadriplegic was justified.

The report, released Monday, says Officers Sean Nolan and Gaetan MacNamara believed that their lives were in danger when they shot 24-year-old Marvin Jones of Georgia during a struggle at traffic stop in January.

The report, prepared by Deputy Attorney General Allison E. Reardon, says Nolan and MacNamara stopped a car Jones was a passenger in, and after checking his identification, asked him to get out.

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ARNOLD, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County police say a second suspect has been arrested in the shooting of a police officer who remains in serious condition.

Police said Sunday that Cpl. Larry Adams has been upgraded from critical to serious condition at Baltimore's Shock Trauma Center. Adams was shot early Friday near a 7-Eleven in the Arnold area after approaching a man who was reportedly actin suspicious.

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ELKTON, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say a Cecil County Sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man who drove toward the deputy.

Sgt. Marc Black, a state police spokesman, said in an email that the deputy, whom he did not identify, tried to conduct a traffic stop on an SUV about 12:20 p.m. Wednesday in Elkton.

Black says the vehicle did not stop and eventually turned around and accelerated toward the deputy. Black says the deputy fired his department-issued .40 caliber Glock pistol several times at the SUV.

Black says the vehicle traveled into a backyard and hit a tree.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware NAACP is calling for a special prosecutor to investigate a shooting by Wilmington police that left a man gravely wounded.

Twenty-four-year-old Marvin Jones is a quadriplegic on life support following the shooting during a traffic stop in January.

A police spokeswoman said after the shooting that the suspect had shot at officers and that one officer "returned fire." Police now say Jones never pulled the trigger, but they say he pointed a gun at officers.

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CLAYMONT, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are identifying a Pennsylvania man fatally shot by a trooper responding to a shop's alarm.

Police announced late Sunday that 35-year-old Michael McKillop of Philadelphia died after the shooting outside a Rite Aid on Naamans Road in Claymont.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a Wicomico County Sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man during a struggle in Salisbury.

Maryland State Police said in a news release that 25-year-old Fednel Rhinvil of Salisbury was pronounced dead about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday after pulling a handgun from his pocket during a struggle with the deputy.

Troopers say Dfc. Benjamin Jones was treated and released at a hospital for a hand injury.

State Police say Jones saw two men walking on Dennis Street and tried to conduct a street interview with them.

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