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Group of mothers call for change in Raleigh police treatment

Posted May 12

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— A group of mothers in southeast Raleigh said the case of a man shot by Raleigh Police should not go unpunished.

The group held a rally in Raleigh Thursday, stating that they want to start a kindness movement and are calling for changes in the police department.

One after another, people shared accounts of how they’ve felt wrongly treated by law enforcement.

For Hafiza Thomas, it was a traffic stop in November.

“He came after me and pretty much grabbed me and tried to slam me on the ground,” Thomas said.

Most of the talk was centered around what happened to Rolanda Byrd’s son, Akiel Denkins, who was shot and killed by a Raleigh police officer in southeast Raleigh in February.

Authorities determined that the officer, D.C. Twiddy, fired in self-defense as Denkins was reaching for a gun.

Byrd said she sees something different in the reports.

“Read each one. Each one has a different statement, a different account to what happened that day,” she said.

WRAL News reached out to Raleigh police for comment, but they referred to the police report that cleared Twiddy.

The Raleigh Police Department said anyone with complaints about treatment from police is asked to contact their Internal Affairs Unit.

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  • Kristen Ford-Newell May 13, 8:38 a.m.
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    Teach your children how to act like humans and they won't get shot

  • Will Sonnett May 13, 8:23 a.m.
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    How many "mothers" were there who were not trying to find a way to profit from the tragic but legal death of their son, a convicted criminal? No news here, only media advocacy to try and keep a false premise stirred up within an uninformed community.

  • Sean Creasy May 13, 7:08 a.m.
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    Seems like the summary of their complaint is " quit killing our kids when they are trying to kill you. Just take the bullet and die like a good public servant".

  • Amy LaFluer May 12, 11:12 p.m.
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    The blame does not lie on the Raleigh PD.....Families, Community, and Society need to stand up and take their fair share....Where was all of us as he was headed toward that day.....Nowhere is the truth.....so we want to put it at the feet of the officers.....Hardly ever does issues like these start just that day.......so where were you?

  • Doug Bogard May 12, 10:40 p.m.
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    When you respect the law, law enforcement, and your fellow citizens, these things will not happen to you.
    When you disrespect the law, law enforcement, and your fellow citizens, your going to have trouble.