An legal professional for the mom of the Black 10-year-old boy who had a gun pointed at his head by a Utah police officer says the police division will not be being in line with their story.
On Thursday, June 6, a Woods Cross police officer was in pursuit of two suspects concerned in a doable taking pictures when he encountered DJ Hrubes, 10. With out asking any questions, the officer drew his weapon and pointed it on the baby. Ultimately, DJ’s mom, Jerri, got here operating outdoors to guard her son.
At a information convention on June 10, Jerri once more referred to as for an investigation into the incident, which she believes was racially motivated.
Karra Porter, a Salt Lake legal professional for the Hrubes household, additionally appeared on the information convention with Jerri and stated she has now heard 4 variations of the story from Woods Cross police, reported Desert Information Utah.
“I am hoping they’re going to choose one quickly,” she stated.
Though police Chief Chad Soffe apologized to DJ and Jerri Hrubes, he additionally defended the actions of his officer.
“I am not going to face right here and second-guess the actions of my officer. It is a robust factor,” he stated.
Soffe says he requested the Davis County Legal professional’s Workplace to “evaluation” the incident to be “completely clear and to alleviate a few of the issues introduced up by the media and different folks within the public.
“We’re not investigating the actions. We’re reviewing them to see if there’s any modifications we would be capable to make in our insurance policies,” he stated.
Nevertheless, Porter stated she’s frightened the data being given to Davis County Legal professional Troy Rawlings might be solely from the officer’s account. Porter hopes the county legal professional works to get to the true fact of the state of affairs.
“But when all they’re doing is saying right here is the set of information that we wish you to imagine as a result of that is what our officer says now, clearly I’ve an actual downside with that,” Porter instructed reporters on the press convention.
Jeanetta Williams, president of NAACP Tri-State Convention for Idaho, Nevada and Utah, additionally helps an unbiased investigation, not only a evaluation of police protocol. “I believe an investigation would perhaps take it just a little bit additional into trying precisely step-by-step all the things that occurred,” she instructed Desert Information.
On Monday, June 10 organizers of Black Lives Matter Utah referred to as for the officer to be fired.
“They’ve but to inform the identical story twice,” organizer Josianne Petit instructed reporters in regards to the Woods Cross Police Division.
In an earlier assertion, the Woods Cross Police Division stated they had been looking for a Hispanic suspect and one other suspect, however they might not say if the opposite suspect was Black.
When reporters requested Soffe if the officer focused DJ as a result of he was Black, Soffe stated, “The officer stated he matched the outline that had been given to him earlier.”