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Protesters call for justice in Troy police-involved shooting

July 18, 2018 05:55 PM

TROY - Family and supporters of Dahmeek McDonald are calling for justice. McDonald was shot by an officer on August 15, 2017 at 8th and Rensselaer streets in Troy.

Earlier this week, a grand jury found that shooting was legally justified.

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A group of protesters gathered Wednesday at the Troy Police Department to call for "Justice for Dahmeek." They are upset about the grand jury's decision.

According to Officer Jarrod Iller -- who waived immunity and testified in front of the grand jury, he said he feared for his and his partner's life when McDonald drove a car at them.

Iller shot four times, twice hitting McDonald who survived his injuries.

According to the decision, McDonald admitted to trying to drive away, but not toward the officers. His attorney also says he was not armed.

Prosecutors say McDonald had cocaine on him when he was shot and arrested.

Protesters say this is a disturbing trend of officers shooting unarmed citizens and especially people of color without consequences.

This protest is a smaller one than the one that took place shortly after the shooting and went to City Hall.

Police barricaded off the street to make sure the protesters were safe. They were also stationed in all the areas around the protest.

Shortly before the protest, some police officers shook hands with one of the protest leaders – the uncle of McDonald. Officers also passed out water bottles to the protesters.

NewsChannel 13's Kumi Tucker was at the protest. She will have an update on what was said WNYT.com and our newscasts starting Live at 4.

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