"Justice For TJ": Weekend March Shines Light On Recent Violence Issues (VIDEO)

By Jeff Neumeyer

May 3, 2013 Updated May 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Stop the killing, no matter who is holding the gun.

Friends of a man shot dead by Fort Wayne police last week-end are organizing a community march on Sunday, that's being dubbed "Justice For TJ".

Tevontae or “TJ” Haney died near Spatz and McKinnie Avenues from bullets fired by city officers.

Some citizens are not satisfied that incident was handled properly.

In fact, emotions are still raw, and not only about Haney's death, but about what's been happening in the city streets for months now.

" Everybody's not out here gang banging, everybody's not shooting, everybody's not selling drugs," said Mykhale Reid.

The 20-year old and her twin sister Malayshia Reid feel like they've been deeply wounded and they want healing.

Their close friend TJ Haney last Saturday jumped out of a car that had been stopped by police before Haney took off on foot.

A few blocks away, he bled to death when two officers shot him.

They claim he pointed a gun at them.

Four times this year alone, city police have employed deadly force against suspects.

The Reids are uncomfortable with how these kinds of cases are investigated.

" The law always gets away with any type of shooting. They find some way to justify it. Who's going to protect us from the law," Malayshia Reid said.

Sunday morning the Reids, Haney's family members and others will start from the Courthouse area downtown, walking several miles to the scene of the shooting where Haney died.

But they say the march is not just for Haney, but also to bring attention to a host of other unsolved murders, and to senseless violence in general.

" They're killing each other everyday, and we're tired of it, like black on black crime, young people, it's tiring and nobody has time for it," Malayshia Reid said.

" It's kind of to the point where it needs to stop," said Mykhale Reid.

The walk is set to start at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Police Chief Rusty York has adamantly defended the actions of his officers in all four deadly police action shootings in 2013.

But York says any witnesses to the Haney shooting are encouraged to come forward, saying that their testimony will be considered in the review to determine if the use of deadly force was warranted.




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