Bystander Video Shows Delaware Police Executing Paralyzed Black Man (VIDEO)

The shooting death of a 28-year-old Wilmington, Delaware nursing home resident on Sept. 23 is now the subject of an investigation by the state’s Department of Justice.

Jeremy McDole was shot multiple times by three Delaware police officers. Police claim that the man had a gun and was shot in self-defense. Bystander video, which was uploaded to youtube by John Horse on Thursday, shows multiple police officers opening fire on the wheelchair-bound man.

No gun can be seen in the video. At several points Dole’s hands are clearly visible, and clearly empty.

According to official police statements, someone called 911 to report an armed man in a wheelchair, with a self-inflicted gun shot injury.

At a press conference on Thursday, McDole’s family disputed that statement, saying that he was not in possession of a gun and that he did not even own a gun. The family claims the only thing in his possession at the time he was killed was a book bag.

“This was murder,” Phyllis McDole, the mother of Jeremy McDole told reporters. “He shot my son like he was roadkill.”

“He wasn’t bothering anybody. He didn’t have a weapon or anything. They shot my son so much he fell out of the wheelchair. He fell out the chair and on the ground. He wasn’t armed. He didn’t have a gun. He died by himself. He died alone.”

She went on to say:

“I raised my son to be a good kid. He wasn’t a troublemaker. Every day he came here at 12 o’clock and took his nephew to the store to get water ice. What am I supposed to tell his nephew tomorrow when he doesn’t come to take him to get a water ice?”

McDole was paralyzed from the waist down ten years ago, following a gun shot wound to the back. He was a resident Hillside Center nursing home, in Wilmington.

Jeremy McDole was the 871 person killed by police in the United States this year. As of September 1, at least 161 unarmed citizens had been killed by trigger-happy cops in 2015.

Half of the 776 people who were killed by law enforcement between January 1 and September 1 were minorities. Although nearly 80 percent of the U.S. population is white, only about 50 percent of people killed by police in the United States are white. Black people are killed by cops at a rate that is 5 times higher than their white counterparts.

The four white officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation by the Delaware Department of Justice.

The NAACP is calling for an independent investigation and special prosecutor, in light of recent high-profile cases of officer-involved shootings. According to the Times Free Press, “Richard Smith, head of the Delaware chapter of the NAACP, said he did not trust the state Justice Department to conduct a fair and impartial investigation. He cited the results of its previous investigations into police shootings that resulted in injury or death.”

Smith went on to say:

“There’s been so many shootings, and every time it comes out it was a justified shooting. We cannot continue having all our folks being shot and nobody held accountable…. Every time there was a shooting, it came back justified shooting. Everything can’t be justified.”

*Featured image credit: video screen capture via John Horse on YouTube