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Request filed with DOJ to review Denkins case, family says

Posted April 16, 2016

— The family of a man shot and killed in February by a Raleigh police officer said on Saturday they filed a request with the U.S. Department of Justice to review the case as a civil rights violation.

Denkins' family along with the North Carolina NAACP said in a press conference that the report released by the Wake County District Attorney's Office presented inconsistencies with the way Akiel Denkins was shot. DA Lorrin Freeman said on Wednesday that Raleigh police officer D.C. Twiddy shot Denkins in self defense and would not face criminal charges.

Irv Joyner, an attorney for the NAACP, said the trajectory of the bullets through Denkins body indicated that he was shot in the back. The state's investigation, though, said Twiddy and Denkins were involved in a struggle when Denkins reached for a gun and was shot by Twiddy.

"It is important for us to remember that Akiel did not attack Officer Twiddy," said Priscilla McKoy, an attorney for Denkins' family.

McKoy said the family is still asking for anyone with relevant information about the shooting to come forward.

Joyner did not know what the timeline for the DOJ's investigation would be.


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  • Rob Dunham Apr 17, 2016
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    People just need to look at the facts in this case. This man was not good. The cop was only doing his job at the time. This man was not good, he did have a gun and that has been proven. All this woman wants is a payout so she can buy her some purty things. She wasn't a mother to this man and this man was not good. If this mother was a good mother her son would not be dead right now and tell us all who is the babies daddy?

  • Lance Cotten Apr 17, 2016
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    This is complete and utter nonsense. The good ole Reverend is always around for things like this but you won't see his face anywhere in Durham when young black men and women are shot and killed... and that is on a weekly basis. This momma is just looking for $$$... Mr. Dennis was a street "T" and reaped what he sowed. However the famiky remains in complete denial of such facts!!

  • Doug Bogard Apr 17, 2016
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    Cha chang, cha chang, cha chang!
    This greed ridden family needs to accept their loss for what it was. Good criminals
    do not get killed while resisting arrest. Good criminals are not known fellons wanted by the law. Stupid criminals always get caught, some manage to get themselves killed.
    But Momma wants some cha chang.
    She lawyered up less than an hour after her criminal son attacked and died at the feet of a good Law Enforcement Officer.

    You are not entitled to anything Momma.

  • Janet Ghumri Apr 16, 2016
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    There's no retrieval of dignity with monetary gain. The camera loving carrion-eating pot stirrers will drag this young man's memory around until there is a 'settlement'. Meanwhile, our schools and teachers must beg for every penny. Where is the justice in that?
    I would like to know if there is a percentage taken out of the payout for the 'assistance' rendered? I know that the attorneys get their cut, but I'm curious as to the 'contribution' for the others? It's got to be worth their time, and it's probably pretty sweet. *sigh*

  • Jeff Freuler Apr 16, 2016
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    Really????? Where was all of the concern when he was growing up as a "T" hug then died like the "T" hug he lived like

  • John White Apr 16, 2016
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    So others not there know what happened??? Come on just wasting more tax payer money. He was not an upstanding citizen he was a career criminal. What is a career criminal someone who makes their living by doing illegal things. Then when they get killed doing such criminal things the people left behind make a big stink if they don't get their way. Honestly I don't know why people still want to be police officers anymore. What the heck why is it that the criminal has more rights then the police and actual upstanding citizens????

    I am always amazed at these things. If you brought your child up right and taught them to be a good upstanding citizen he would still be alive but apparently the mother failed in that attempt. Yes I am saying that because I can say it and in my mind it is as true as the mothers claim of sons innocence.

  • Steve Faulkner Apr 16, 2016
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    Who are they going to complain to when the DOJ finds nothing wrong?

  • Byrd Ferguson Apr 16, 2016
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    ""It is important for us to remember that Akiel did not attack Officer Twiddy,"

    So he didn't try to grab the officer's gun? I guess she doesn't want DOJ to consider facts in this matter.

  • Lauren Little Apr 16, 2016
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    Great. Convicted wanted felon, gang member in possession of a stolen firearm runs from a cop attempting a lawful arrest and attempts to pull a gun on the officer, receives the consequences of his actions and now taxpayers have to waste even more money on a ridiculous motion. Hope DOJ denies an investigation. Actions have consequences and he received them that day. If his mother had taught him about that maybe he would be alive. Seems to me she's looking for a payday. Go get a job like productive members of society instead of trying to use the bad acts of your son to cash in at the expense of law abiding citizens.

  • Joe Welch Apr 16, 2016
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    Color me shocked!!!! I'm glad I was sitting down when I read this.