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MOBB United for Social Change Demands Justice from Topeka, KS for Dominique White

 

On Sept. 28, 2017, Dominique White was shot by Topeka police officers while he was in a park with a friend. Officers had been called to Ripley Park after a report of shots fired. Topeka police claim that he struggled with officers and reached for a gun in a pocket when he was shot at least once in the chest. However, White’s death certificate1 listed “gunshot wounds of back” as the immediate cause of death.

The Lawrence, KS police department is investigating the case and neither this agency nor the Topeka, KS police department have provided any information on the case. To add to the list of causes for concern, neither the Topeka nor the Lawrence police departments drew up an incident report until last week2, after it was picked up in the news that none existed.

Despite requests from local media, via the Kansas Open Records Act, the police department refuses to name the officers and will state only that they have been put on administrative leave. The department continues to shroud their investigation in secrecy, not releasing body camera footage or any details about the progress of their investigation3.

Once again, law enforcement officers have shot and killed a fleeing man.


Call To Action

 

#ProtectThem by demanding the City of Topeka, KS ensure justice is provided for Dominique White.

Please contact the city officials listed below and demand the following:

  • The body camera footage from the Topeka police officers must be immediately released to Mr. White’s family and their attorney.
  • The investigation by the Lawrence, KS police department should be thorough and transparent
  • Demand that the City of Topeka create a Civilian Review Board to provide independent oversight of the Topeka PD and to provide independent, transparent investigations of all cases of police misconduct.


Bill Cochran,Topeka Chief of Police
1-785-368-9209

Larry Wolgast, Mayor of the City of Topeka
1-785-368-3895
lwolgast@topeka.org

Gregory Burns, Jr.,, Lawrence Chief of Police
1-785-832-7501


Notes:

1 http://www.wibw.com/content/news/More-questions-arise-after-Dominique-White-Death-Certificate-is-released-455290663.html

2 https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/police-release-reports-related-to-shooting-of-topeka-man/

3 https://www.theroot.com/city-of-topeka-kan-trying-to-bar-black-mans-parents-f-1820437697

 

 

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