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Fri Jul 24, 2015, 01:39 PM

Protesters question Denver police killing of mentally ill Native American

Al Jazeera
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Protesters question Denver police killing of mentally ill Native American

Paul Castaway was a Rosebud Sioux tribal citizen who had battled mental illness, drugs and alcohol for years. He had a criminal record — including felony weapon possession, assault and DUI — and had served time. In the past, his mom, Lynn Eagle Feather, could talk him down when he was in crisis; before, when the police were called for help, he was peaceful. This time was different.

Read more:  ‘I just asked for help. Instead, they killed my son.’
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/7/22/denver-police-shoot-mentally-ill-native-american.html?utm_campaign=wklynewsletter072315&utm_medium=email&utm_source=editorialnewsletter

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Fri Jul 24, 2015, 01:42 PM

1. Might as well add the next three paragraphs for context

 

“He pulled out a knife and he tried to scare me. I know he was just trying to scare me with it,” she said. “He was hitting himself on the head and he was like in a psychotic mode. I had never saw him like that before and I was scared.”

On the night Castaway died, police say that he stabbed his mother in the neck. Eagle Feather says her son held a knife to her throat, leaving a small nick. Regardless, that’s not up for debate. What is being questioned is why he was shot and killed.


Police contend that Castaway got “dangerously close” to officers with a knife, causing them to open fire. But according to eyewitnesses, Castaway was holding the blade to his own throat moments before he was gunned down. That version of events may actually have been recorded. Footage from nearby surveillance cameras is now in the hands of the Denver Police Department



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Fri Jul 24, 2015, 04:41 PM

2. Thx f/ that. Had trouble loading article

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