Justice for Black Father of Two Shot By Police

Target: North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper

Goal: Punish the police officer who shot and killed Akiel Denkins to the full extent of the law.

A police officer in Raleigh, North Carolin, shot and killed 24-year-old Akiel Denkins. Denkins was wanted by police for failing to appear in court for a drug charge. Officer D.C. Twiddy saw Denkins outside PJ’s Grill & Groceries in Raleigh and a chase began on foot.

Shortly after, Twiddy fatally shot Denkins. Denkins was a father of two young children and had celebrated his 24th birthday earlier the month before. His mother, Rolanda Byrd, said numerous eyewitnesses attested that her son was unarmed and shot in the back as he fled.

Police have released few details on the killing, aside from claiming that a firearm was found near the site of the shooting. This seems to be a commonality in these cases where activists allege police will often plant a gun to justify the shooting.

Like with so many shootings by police before this, there doesn’t seem to be a clear and justified reason for the officer to have shot and killed someone. Now two children will grow up without a father and a family is devastated. Urge officials to punish officer D.C. Twiddy to the full extent of the law for fatally shooting Akiel Denkins.


Dear Attorney General Cooper,

Raleigh police officer D.C. Twiddy pursued 24-year-old Akiel Denkins on foot and fatally shot the father of two. Some reports say that Denkins was unarmed and shot in the back as he fled. Officers claim a weapon was found at the scene, but we’ve seen past cases where officers have gone so far as to plant a weapon at the scene to justify a shooting.

It’s no wonder that activists are protesting in the streets every day against police brutality when it seems like almost every day a black person is shot without true justification by a police officer. We must put an end to this insanity. I urge you to punish the police officer who shot and killed Akiel Denkins to the full extent of the law.


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  1. “The philosophy of nonviolence which I learned from Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr., during my involvement in the civil rights movement was first responsible for my change in diet…Under the leadership of Dr. King, I became totally committed to nonviolence, and I was convinced that nonviolence meant opposition to killing in any form. I felt the commandment ‘Thou Salt not kill’ applied to human beings not only in their dealings with each other – war, lynching, assassination, murder and the like – but in their practice of killing animals for food or sport. Animals suffer and die alike. Violence causes the same pain…the same arrogant, cruel and brutal taking of life.” – Dick Gregory

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