The mom of Donovan Lewis, a Black man fatally shot by Columbus police, spoke solely with ABC Information’ Linsey Davis in her first interview since her son’s loss of life — telling Davis she came upon about her son’s loss of life on the web.
“I made it to the scene whereas they had been nonetheless within the early phases, and they might not give me any data in any respect,” Rebecca Duran stated Wednesday.
Confused on what was transpiring on the capturing scene, Duran stated she nonetheless knew one thing was unsuitable together with her son and simply wished to get solutions.
“The information was releasing data on the web earlier than I may get it,” Duran stated. “I used to be on the scene and I wanted to see what truly occurred.
Lewis, 20, and an anticipating father, was shot and killed by Columbus Police officer Ricky Anderson, a 30-year veteran of the Columbus Police Division, final Tuesday. Police stated they’d arrived at Lewis’ house positioned within the Columbus, Ohio, Hilltop neighborhood round 2 a.m. to arrest him on three separate prices — improper dealing with of a firearm in a car, assault and a home violence cost stemming from his girlfriend’s name to police in August.
Physique digicam footage has since been launched of Lewis whereas he was in mattress and Anderson is at the moment on paid administrative depart, in accordance with the Columbus Police Division.
Duran says her son was mishandled in authority’s fingers, calling their actions “a delay of care” and claiming they handled him like “an animal.”
“There was no try and protect his life, frisking him, handcuffed, flipping them round on the mattress. I work in well being care,” Duran stated.
Duran additionally says she hasn’t seen the complete encounter of police and her son from the physique cam video launched hours following Lewis’ loss of life.
“I’ve seen snippets,” Duran stated. “I haven’t got to see the worst remedy of him.”
Duran remembers her son to be a loving boy with an enormous coronary heart, all the time placing others earlier than him.
“He beloved life. He had a zest for all times. He beloved folks. He had the largest coronary heart,” Duran stated.
“The those who have reached out to me, academics, coaches, a number of individuals all through his life, his pals all speak about his superior humorousness, his superior smile….You realize, how a lot he cared about these round him. And even when he had nothing, he wished others to succeed,” she added.
Donovan’s loss of life like others sparked outrage and protests within the Buckeye state’s capital. The protests for Lewis are simply considered one of many chain reactions of police shootings within the metropolis.
“There needs to be actual change and nothing’s completely different,” Duran stated.
“There’s different instances right here in Columbus; Oh, very, very, similar to Donovan’s…however, nothing’s modified,” she added.
Duran, alongside her lawyer Rex Elliott, who comforted her throughout the interview at occasions as she started to cry, say they plan to file a civil rights violation lawsuit towards Anderson and the town of Columbus. Elliott claimed the extreme use of lethal pressure “wasn’t known as for.”
Mark Collins, the lawyer representing Anderson, beforehand stated in an announcement obtained by ABC Information that he wished a “thorough investigation.”
Columbus’ Inspector Normal Jacqueline Hendricks is now set to open a probe in Lewis’ case and consequently Duran says she needs to see Anderson fired and in jail.
“He ought to by no means be capable to carry out any kind of duties as an officer wherever on the earth,” Duran stated.
Duran and Elliott each consider Lewis’ race and colour of pores and skin performed a task in his loss of life.
“I do not know how one can’t attain another conclusion,” Elliott stated. “He had a number of white cops bearing down on a younger, unarmed black child in a neighborhood they did not perceive. And that boy needed to be petrified as he was rising up away from bed and excited about all the opposite incidents which have occurred on this nation.”
Lewis shall be laid to relaxation Saturday at midday and his funeral shall be held at Christian Valley Baptist Church in Ohio.