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Fatal Shooting By Off Duty Cop Prompts Protest in North Carolina

Protesters gathered in Fayetteville, N.C., for a second night in a row on Monday after a man was killed by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, the Guardian reports. The Fayetteville police department identified the victim as Jason Walker, a 37-year-old Black man who deputy Jeffrey Hash said jumped on to his vehicle. A preliminary investigation revealed that Walker “ran into traffic and jumped on [the] moving vehicle. The driver of the vehicle shot [Walker] and notified 911,” it said. Hash, who has been with the Cumberland County sheriff's office since 2005, was taken into custody but not arrested.

Fayetteville police chief Gina Hawkins said the weapon used by Hash was not his service weapon. She did not disclose how many shots were fired or where Walker was hit. Demonstrators challenged the police version of events, gathering outside the Fayetteville transit authority and chanting: “What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now.” Elizabeth Ricks, a trauma nurse, said she was on the scene and tried to save Walker’s life. “I did not see anyone in distress. The man was just walking home,” Ricks said. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represented the family of George Floyd after he was killed by former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, said he would represent Walker’s family.


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