The Federal Bureau of Investigation released a report stating that an average of two black men were killed by a white police every week in the United States during a seven-year period that ended in 2012. Because of the proliferation of cell phones and social media, we are seeing it being played out like never before – and it is becoming a weekly occurrence that we learn a black man is killed under extremely conspicuous and/or controversial circumstances.
The latest such tragic episode touched off in Detroit, where a young black man was shot 10 times by a federal agent who reported that he “felt threatened” by the young fugitive.
The father of Terrance Kellom, 20, says his son was unarmed and only had closed fists when he was gunned down in front of him in the father’s home, The Detroit Free Press reports.
Officers stated in their reports that the young man had a hammer in his hand and charged the federal agent that prompted the fatal shooting.
Investigators say they are trying to get to the bottom of what transpired when the feds tried to take Kellom into custody on Monday. The Free Press said the young man fled while on probation and was hiding in his father’s house as the joint task force arrived to execute an arrest warrant. Kellom is described as a “habitual offender.”
Adding to the public’s consternation is the fact that no information will be released soon. The agent who fired the fatal shots has been sequestered under federal guidelines and cannot be questioned by Detroit police until Friday.
The father, the Freep is reporting, claims that his son was unarmed and not hiding in the attic as the police stated in their report.
“My son died with clenched fists. He didn’t have a hammer. … They assassinated my son,” the victim’s father said during the rally
The father was the one who let the feds into the home when they told him that there was an arrest warrant for his son.
During the search for the son in the home, the young man allegedly appeared and charged the federal officer with an object that was later described as a hammer.
The agent in question is a seven-year veteran with the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement. He is currently on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
The father, Kevin Kellom, told Detroiters and the media that his son was never in hiding. He said the search warrant wasn’t given to him until three hours after his son was dead from gunshot wounds.
“I don’t understand why my son was killed,” Kellom said. “My son did not deserve this.”