Indignation in Ohio after the death of a young black man, killed in his bed by a police officer

In Columbus, Ohio, a 20-year-old black American boy was killed by the policeThe family of a young black American boy shot dead by the police while he was in bed will file a complaint, his lawyer told AFP on Friday, a case that arouses anger in Ohio. Donovan Lewis, 20, died at dawn on Tuesday in Columbus, the capital of this northeastern American state. Video from the body camera of one of the officers, who had a search warrant stop, shows a policeman accompanied by a dog opening the door of a room then almost immediately shooting at the young man who was in a bed. An investigation has been opened and the mayor of Columbus, Andrew Ginther, has promised “full transparency” on the “tragic death of Donovan Lewis”. “The family will file a complaint”, indicated the services of his lawyer, Rex Elliott, without further details. He also denounced in a press release “an excessive and absolutely unnecessary use of force”. “Shot by shot, the video (from the pedestrian camera) reveals the truth: three white police officers accompanied by an aggressive dog shot dead an unarmed 20-year-old boy in cold blood as he got up in bed in accordance with police orders,” he said. No weapon was found near him Contacted by AFP, Columbus police were not immediately available. Its boss, Elaine Bryant, quoted by media, claimed that the officer fired when Donovan Lewis appeared to raise his arm and hold something in his hand. Only an e-cigarette was found near him, she said. Rallies are planned for this weekend in Columbus to ‘support the family’, ‘open a discussion about police brutality’ and ‘demand justice for Donovan. Lewis,” Ramon Obey II of the social justice organization JUST told AFP. On Friday, students gathered on the campus of Ohio State University, chanting “Say his name: Donovan Lewis,” according to photos and videos posted to Twitter. The event is reminiscent of other deaths of black people in police interactions, like that of George Floyd, dramas that sparked a great movement against racism and police violence in 2020.