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Family of Donovan Lewis Demands Columbus Police Be Held Accountable

HeadlineSep 02, 2022

In Columbus, Ohio, the family of an unarmed Black man shot dead by police in his own apartment is calling for the officer responsible to be held accountable. Early Tuesday morning, 20-year-old Donovan Lewis was fatally shot by an officer after police burst through the door to his bedroom to arrest him on what police said were outstanding warrants. Bodycam footage shows officer Ricky Anderson, a 30-year police veteran, shot Lewis just one second after opening a door to the bedroom. Officers then handcuffed Lewis, who died less than an hour later at a hospital. Rex Elliott is an attorney for Donovan Lewis’s family.

Rex Elliott: “Donovan was unarmed, and he was abiding by police commands to come out of his room, when he was shot in cold blood by officer Anderson. There was no justification — let me be clear — no justification for officer Anderson to shoot an unarmed man trying to get out of bed, as police officers were instructing him to do.”

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