Justice for Man Killed By Police Who Mistook Cell Phone for Gun

Target: Clark County, Nevada District Attorney Steven B. Wolfson

Goal: Ensure a third party, thorough investigation is conducted into the fatal shooting of a man by police because they allegedly mistook his cell phone for a gun.

A 23-year-old man was reportedly shot by police who mistook his cell phone for a gun. According to police, they asked the suspect to put down his weapon, but he continued walking, so they opened fire twice and killed him, only to find out that he didn’t have a weapon at all. It was only a cell phone. The coroner reportedly said the young man died of multiple gunshots and ruled the death a homicide.

Some have argued that the police officers, who were assisted by federal agents at the time of the shooting, should’ve been able to tell the difference between a gun and a cell phone, unless they were too far away from the suspect, in which case many feel they overreacted and opened fire unnecessarily as the suspect must have been too far away to be a threat.

We will never know the details of what went on before this young man’s life was taken by police. If the police used unnecessary force when they chose to open fire on an unarmed man, then they need to be reprimanded for it. This sort of information will never come to light unless there’s a proper and thorough investigation. Please demand that an investigation be conducted by a third party to find out whether or not the officers who opened fire are guilty of using unnecessary force.


Dear Mr. Steven B. Wolfson,

A 23-year-old man was reportedly fatally shot when police officers opened fire during an attempt to arrest him. Officers allegedly showed up and opened fire after asking the man to put down his weapon and he continued walking. The man, who was reportedly shot twice, was unarmed and only holding a cellphone. Police allege that they mistook the phone for a gun.

It seems unlikely that federal officers could mistake a cell phone for a gun. Perhaps they were too far away from the suspect to see properly, and if that’s the case, many argue that the officers had no business shooting in the first place since the suspect wouldn’t have been a threat at such a distance. Police have come under fire numerous times for overuse of their weapons and for using excessive force. We urge you to see to it that a third party, thorough investigation is conducted into this young man’s death to find out if officers are guilty of unnecessarily opening fire or using excessive force.


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