Ferguson shooting galvanizes Wichita protest

Courtesy: KSN-TV

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Some activists in Wichita say the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, shows the city’s black community needs to become radical again.

About 40 people gathered in Wichita Tuesday to draw attention to police shootings in the south-central Kansas community.

Rueben Eckels, the deputy director of the Sunflower Community Action, told the crowd the government seems to take action only when people use violence. He says it is time to make change and it has to be radical.

Elisa Allen says she wants the Wichita officer who shot her mentally ill brother, Icarus Randolph, held accountable. Police contend he threatened officers with a knife in July but the family says police did not follow proper procedure when they called for help getting him to a treatment facility.

 

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