Days after Jason Walker, a Black man who was shot and killed by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy last week, attorney Ben Crump spoke at a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, demanding answers for Walker’s death.
Crump, the civil rights attorney who represented the family of George Floyd and has been retained by the Walker family, told a rally at a Fayetteville church that Walker was the single father of a 14-year-old son.
Walker, 37, was killed Saturday near his home in Fayetteville by off-duty Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jeffrey Hash.
“There are a lot of reasons why Black children have to grow up without their fathers,” Crump said. “But this reason is unacceptable. This is unacceptable that we have to tell that young boy that his father was shot unnecessarily, unjustifiably and unconstitutionally by somebody who was supposed to protect and serve him.”
Walker’s family and other members of the community filled the pews, cheering in unison at times and staying somber at others.
“We’re not asking for anything extraordinary,” Crump added. “All we’re asking for is the truth. It is not lost on me that when Jason Walker was shot multiple times, he was close to home,” Crump said.
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A released 911 call from Hash revealed the lieutenant said Walker pulled off his windshield wipers and began beating the windshield, breaking it. “I just had a male jump on my vehicle and broke my windshield. I just shot him. I am a deputy sheriff,” Hash said during the call.
Hash was placed on paid administrative leave Monday pending the outcome of an internal investigation, Sheriff Ennis Wright said.
A judge on Thursday granted a request from Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins to release body camera video recorded in the aftermath of the shooting death. Hawkins filed the petition with the courts on Tuesday.
She wanted to publicly release footage that she says will show exchanges between Fayetteville police officers and three witnesses at the scene of the fatal shooting, according to The Fayetteville Observer, part of the USA TODAY Network.