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Black man shot dead by two Texas police officers after being charged with a “knife and club” despite his family and witnesses insisting that he only carried a steps stick.
Ashton Pinke, 27, of Dallas, was shot dead by police in a suburb of Mesquite on Tuesday after Mesquite Police Department received a call to hang up the 911 that heard a woman scream and cry, she said.
Here’s a pic of Ashton Pinke his uncle shared with me. He says his nephew was a father of 4 and bipolar schizophrenic. He was killed today by Mesquite police responding to a call from his girlfriend. They say he came at them with a knife. His family says he had a stick.@CBSDFW pic.twitter.com/m3UL5e5RwG
— Andrea Lucia (@CBS11Andrea) May 4, 2021
Family members speaking to the WFAA on site said police knew Pinke due to his mental health, but said they were “stunned” by the shooting.
Police officers said in the statement that he had a knife and a club in hand, but witnesses and members of his family insisted that they shoot him with a baton, which he uses daily when he is killed.
Pink Uncle, whose name was not given, told the WFAA that “these are not strengths”.
“A stick – he has to run towards you. Fight with bullets. It’s the distance. You won. You can’t, you can’t win against a gun, said the uncle.
He added, “Why can’t you just make fun of him? Is that all i’m saying Why couldn’t you have made fun of him?
Local activists have already begun asking the Mesquite police to release body camera footage in order to gain transparency about what happened.
Officers were dispatched to Audubon Park Apartments at Block 5800 of Northwest Drive in Mesquite after calling the phone address to hang up during the call, police said in the press release.
A victim reportedly told police that Pinke was “armed with a knife”. When confronted by the police, he allegedly accused the police, who were armed with knives and clubs, the police said.
Officers then provided first aid to Pinke until he was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police said another ambulance had also been requested for an “attack victim”.
Police did not disclose the names of the two veterans involved in the shooting: a police officer with 25 years experience and a male police officer with 21 years experience. Authorities said no officers were injured in the shooting.
Authorities said the two officers were put on paid administrative leave as part of department policy, and investigators from the Dallas District Attorney’s Office witnessed the scene.
Pinke’s family hired civil rights attorney Justin Moore to represent them, according to the WFAA.
“Unfortunately, the lack of an adequate response from the Mesquite Police Department resulted in Ashton being killed,” the statement said.
Ashton was by no means armed with a shotgun or deadly weapon to justify the use of deadly force to the officers on the ground. My office is committed to investigating all civil rights claims made by Ashton’s family and requires full transparency in all future law enforcement investigations.