Oct 28, 2012 at 6:54 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) The St. Paul chapter of the NAACP is questioning a police account of a shooting in which officers investigating a drug case killed a man.
Fourty one year-old Victor Terrance Gaddy was fatally shot Tuesday after police said he rammed two unmarked squad cars and nearly pinned an officer between two vehicles. The civil rights group said the damage shown in a photograph of Gaddy's car doesn't appear consistent with the police version of what happened in the shooting.
"Their whole decision-making was on the pretext that this vehicle was looked at as a weapon," said Jeff Martin, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter. "To justify taking this person's life, I would at least want to see some damage to the vehicle. To use lethal force on someone, I would think they would want to try other avenues first rather than executing the gentleman."
Police Sgt. Paul Paulos said he couldn't discuss details of the case because of the ongoing investigation.
"We're continuing to follow through to find out what happened moments before, during and after," he said.
Paulos said most St. Paul police vehicles have in-squad cameras, but there are no cameras in unmarked vehicles such as the ones officers were using Tuesday.
Gaddy was stopped in St. Paul after Minneapolis police suspected he was delivering crack cocaine. Police say they used their vehicles to corner him.