Protesters call for justice for man shot by police

February 24, 2018 10:37 PM

TROY - Protesters in Troy are demanding justice for a local man shot by police.

Dozens of people gathered Saturday afternoon at the First United Presbyterian Church in Troy, protesting the handling of the police involved shooting of Dahmeek McDonald.

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McDonald was shot by Troy officer Jarrod Iler last August. He was seriously injured but survived. There appears to be no evidence that he was armed.

The Rensselaer County District Attorney has handed the case over to the Schenectady County District Attorney, citing conflict. Still, McDonald's supporters don't trust the investigation.

"Police shooting unarmed citizens overwhelmingly tends to affect minority communities in the United States," said organizer Tommie Weddington. "We think that's an issue that has to be taken seriously and can't be assumed to be a norm of policing in the United States."

Police say McDonald was wanted for a parole violation at the time of the shooting. Supporters are hoping the state attorney general steps in to take over the investigation.


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