The community must reserve judgment about the Thursday night shooting that killed a 23-year-old Wilmington man until all the facts are available, Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said Friday.More >>
WILMINGTON -- District Attorney Ben David and the Wilmington Police Department are tight lipped about the deadly shooting Thursday night of 23-year-old Phillipe McIver, as the State Bureau of Investigations continues to investigate.
McIver's uncle, Teddie Batts, says he is frustrated and wants answers.
David met with African-American community leaders, along with some members of McIver's family, Monday morning.
The family is still grieving McIver's sudden death.
Police say McIver stole an officer's gun and fired. Police returned fire, possibly fatally wounding McIver. The medical examiner will only say McIver died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Now a memorial marks the spot where McIver died, filled with signs demanding answers. Now others in the community are asking questions.
Harold Beatty, president of the New Hanover County chapter of the NAACP, says many of the details are up in the air. Only time will tell what really happened that night, he said, but some in the African-American community are angry because of past dealings with the police.
"We do have a mistrust in the community from past incidents. We do not trust the justice system," he said.