Attorneys for the family of man killed by KCK officer want body camera video
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Attorneys for the family of man killed by KCK officer want body camera video

Kansas City, Mo., police have completed their investigation into a Kansas City, Kan., officer who shot and killed 25-year-old Amaree’ya Henderson. The Kansas City Police Department submitted the case file to the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s office for any potential next steps. During the Unified Government’s Law Enforcement Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday, Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree’s office said he just received that file Wednesday and hasn’t had a chance to review it. Henderson’s family and attorneys are pleading for transparency. “This is my only son you took from me. I can never get back the smile that walked through my door,” said Henderson’s mother, who spoke to the advisory board via Zoom. Henderson’s mother was on FaceTime with her son the night he was killed.”He’s in his seatbelt, begging, asking, pleading why he’s being attacked,” she said. Henderson’s attorneys said on that night a couple of weeks ago, when he was pulled over at 12th and Metropolitan, Henderson was unarmed and had just completed his last DoorDash with his girlfriend in the passenger seat when they say the unnamed KCK officer escalated the traffic stop. Attorneys say the officer struggled with Henderson while he was still sitting in the driving seat. They say the officer shot through the car window with hitting shots Henderson’s left jaw and left arm that entered his chest. “How is it that those shots can ring out and he’s struggling with this officer other than the officer is outside the car and shot into the car?” asked Kay Harper Williams, attorney for the Henderson family. Henderson’s mother and family have been pleading to see the body camera from that night. Dupree says they will get a chance to see it.” Prior to today, I mean, there was no indication whatsoever that she would even have an opportunity to view the video. We’ve been given the runaround,” said Nuru Witherspoon, attorney for the Henderson family. Many are asking for the body camera footage to be released to the public. Dupree says no information, including the video, will be released during his office’s investigation. He says his office will review the case accordingly and will determine any charges.”Despite emotions, despite my color, despite how I feel and despite who the victim may or may not be, we must do what is right by all citizens because today it is this family, tomorrow it may be someone else,” Dupree said. KCK police Chief Karl Oakman also spoke Wednesday via Zoom but didn’t get into the details of the case. Still, there were questions Wednesday about KCK’s use of force policy and why the KCPI and not KBI was the agency investigating the shooting. There is no timeline from the district attorney on when a decision will be made to press charges or not.

Kansas City, Mo., police have completed their investigation into a Kansas City, Kan., officer who shot and killed 25-year-old Amaree’ya Henderson.

The Kansas City Police Department submitted the case file to the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s office for any potential next steps.

During the Unified Government’s Law Enforcement Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday, Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree’s office said he just received that file Wednesday and hasn’t had a chance to review it.

Henderson’s family and attorneys are pleading for transparency.

“This is my only son you took from me. I can never get back the smile that walked through my door,” said Henderson’s mother, who spoke to the advisory board via Zoom.

Henderson’s mother was on FaceTime with her son the night he was killed.

“He’s in his seatbelt, begging, asking, pleading why he’s being attacked,” she said.

Henderson’s attorneys say on that night a couple of weeks ago, when he was pulled over at 12th and Metropolitan, Henderson was unarmed and had just completed his last DoorDash with his girlfriend in the passenger seat when they said the unnamed KCK officer escalated the traffic stop .

Attorneys said the officer struggled with Henderson while he was still sitting in the driving seat.

They said the officer shot through the car window with shots hitting Henderson’s left jaw and left arm that entered his chest.

“How is it that those shots can ring out and he’s struggling with this officer other than the officer is outside the car and shot into the car?” asked Kay Harper Williams, attorney for the Henderson family.

Henderson’s mother and family have been pleading to see the body camera from that night.

Dupree says they will get a chance to see it.

“Prior to today, I mean, there was no indication whatsoever that she would even have an opportunity to view the video. We’ve been given the runaround,” said Nuru Witherspoon, attorney for the Henderson family.

Many are asking for the body camera footage to be released to the public.

Dupree says no information, including the video, will be released during his office’s investigation.

He says his office will review the case accordingly and will determine any charges.

“Despite emotions, despite my color, despite how I feel and despite who the victim may or may not be, we must do what is right by all citizens because today it is this family, tomorrow it may be someone else,” Dupree said.

KCK police Chief Karl Oakman also spoke Wednesday via Zoom but didn’t get into the details of the case.

Still, there were questions Wednesday about KCK’s use of force policy and why the KCPI and not KBI was the agency investigating the shooting.

There is no timeline from the district attorney on when a decision will be made to press charges or not.

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