Family demands justice after son killed by police

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has been touting its transparency, especially given the officer body cameras some officers had been wearing.

But it’s recently released footage from one of those cameras that has one family calling for justice.

Linda Patton is a mother who’s lost a son.

He did not retaliate. He was running away from the police, not to them to harm them,” said Patton.

Patton says she hasn’t rested since April 12.

“So that’s why he panicked and got scared and ran,” Patton said.

Patton is telling his story because he no longer can.

Mack Long was shot and killed by police after he ran during a traffic stop.

Police say when they caught up to him, he grabbed for an officer’s gun, and refused orders to drop a weapon.

Patton says her son didn’t grab for a gun and was running away when police shot him.

They are conflicting stories, but the officer was wearing a body camera. There’s video of the incident.

But it’s that video that had protesters chanting for justice on Long’s behalf.

We don’t want the story, we want the truth!” shouted one of the protesters.

The family has seen the video and the video is not lining up. There are too many parts cut out in it,” said Patton.

Mack Long’s family says the video has been tampered with by police.

But there’s a big problem with that accusation, says IMPD. They don’t keep possession of the video.

We’ve provided adequate information to the public. We’ve provided it in a timely manner. We’ve met with family members privately,” said IMPD Public Information Officer Christopher Wilburn.

In fact, Wilburn called IMPD one of the most transparent departments in the country.

Meanwhile, Patton continues to demand the rest of the footage be released. It’s footage IMPD says doesn’t exist.

Patton says she’s in the process of getting a lawyer.

IMPD maintains it has done everything by the books. They say they respect everyone’s rights to protest.

 

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