A DeKalb County cop isn’t facing charges for fatally shooting a Black mentally ill male at his own home that they portrayed as trespassing!
According to Fox 5, DeKalb County’s District attorney, Sherry Boston, says the cop has “no criminal culpability.” She adds that the shooting of Matthew Zadok William was justified. On Tuesday, Boston attended a press conference.
Boston said, “It is no less a tragedy or heartbreaking. A life has been lost and for that we extend our deepest condolences to the family. While this is not the resolution Mr. Williams family is seeking, it is the appropriate resolution under the law.”
On April 12, 2021, cops fled to the 2500 block of Terrace Trail. After arriving at the scene, they saw Williams aggressively using a knife. After Williams lunged at the officers, one of them shot at him. The footage also shows Williams walking back into the house and getting reshot.
The officer, identified as Sergeant Perry, can be heard pleading with Williams in the video. “Please, sir. I’m begging you. I’m a Black man. You’re a Black man. You don’t have to die today. I don’t want you to die today.”
Instead of firing their gun, Williams’ family said they should’ve gotten him help. According to his loved ones, he was having a mental health crisis. They believe that Perry violated police policies.
Last July, one of his family members told Fox 5:
“We have had the displeasure of looking at over 10 hours of body camera footage, and nothing in that footage shows that Sergeant Perry should have shot into my brother’s home.”
She adds, “Our family is demanding that Sergeant Devon Perry be fired immediately. Immediately for the murder of my brother.”
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William’s mother, Chris Ann Lewis, also demands justice for her son.
“We are demanding that we get justice. Why is Sgt. Devon Perry still working, drinking coffee, and acting like he hasn’t murdered my son? Why? … I’m asking you, Sgt. Perry, Why? Why? Why? Why did a Black man have to die? Why?”