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SCLC calls for action from State's Attorney Angela Corey

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In January police were called to a domestic  domestic dispute in the 2100 block of North Pearl Street.

Anthony Dwayne Harris got into an altercation with his 17-year-old son and when police tried to arrest Harris there was a struggle. Harris was shot and killed by police.

"The officers began to handcuff the subject, who repeatedly told them he was not going back to jail," JSO Tom Hackney.

Police said Harris attempted to grab an officers gun and that's when officer Scott Williams shot Harris seven times.

Was it justified?

"The public needs to be explained how can you have a photograph of cop standing over a man on the ground, unarmed, who discharged seven bullets in his back," said Dr. Juan Gray.

The police involved shooting case has been before State Attorney Angela Corey for review since it happened. Gray wants to know why it is taking so long for her to make a decision.

"She has the freedom to decide to prosecute anybody for any reason with any justification," said Gray. "We just need her to give us a decision about this one."

Gray is chairman of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Jacksonville Chapter and on Thursday hand delivered a letter to Corey's office demanding a decision.

"This is a clear case of prosecutorial discretion gone a muck," said Gray. "Normal circumstances Angle Corey is on a dime,she is moving maybe this is because it involves a police officer."

Gray said Corey's office has all that is necessary, the Medical Examiners report, the testimony of several witnesses, even information about Harris criminal past.

"This man had rights and we demand it be given to him," said Gray. 

From September 2012 to September 2013 there have been seven JSO involved shooting; one involved an officer being shot, in the six others someone other than a police officer was shot.

Gray said cases like the Harris shooting often become an example of the relationship between law enforcement and the minority community.

"Some portions of the city police provide a service," he said. "In most portions of the city where people of color are involved we get policed, if ever there was a case of being policed this is it."

The State's Attorneys said via email: 

"Because this is a pending investigation, the State Attorney's Office will not be commenting at this time."

And JSO said any internal review of the January shooting cannot be started JSO until the state's attorney makes a decision.

The SCLC gave Angela Corey until September 11th to respond.


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