Police officer charged with murder after fatally shooting …
A Maryland police officer has been charged with murdering a black man who was in handcuffs.
William Green, 43, was shot seven times in Temple Hills on Jan. 27 while he was handcuffed in a patrol vehicle, according to a police report. Cpl. Michael Owen Jr., a 10-year veteran of the Bureau Patrol who is also black, has since been charged with second-degree murder, voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, first-degree assault, and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.
According to witnesses, Green had struck the patrol car and was then removed from his vehicle by officers, believed to be under the influence of alcohol. He was handcuffed and placed in the front seat of the cruiser and was soon joined by Owen.
It remains unclear what led to the shooting inside of the car, but Owen and a fellow officer attempted to provide medical aid to Green after removing him from the vehicle. He later died at the hospital.
In response to the incident, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland criticized the shooting as “unacceptable,” arguing that the “police killings of Black people like this completely preventable.”
“We must put a stop to the systemic police brutality and the needless killings of Black people,” the group tweeted as part of their statement. “We cannot afford to fail in this goal because lives are at stake. #BlackLivesMatter.”
“I have concluded that what happened last night is a crime,” Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said at a press conference on Tuesday. He added that there was no “reasonable explanation” for the shooting.
Published at Wed, 29 Jan 2020 09:17:00 +0000