Yet Again: Unarmed Black Man Shot by White Police Officer in US

Yet Again: Unarmed Black Man Shot by White Police Officer in US

Cedric Bartee
Cedric Bartee

Another unarmed black man was shot and critically wounded in a stolen car by a white US police officer in Orlando, Florida amid protests over police brutality against the black people.

Sergeant Robert McCarthy shot Cedric Bartee, 28, early on Monday while he had his hands up after McCarthy located a stolen car at an apartment complex, press tv reported.

The officer said that Bartee did not comply with his commands. However, witnesses at the apartment complex said that the black man had raised his hands before he was shot.

Following the incident, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings urged people to remain calm and wait for the result of the investigation.

“I ask everyone to not rush to judgment and allow the investigation to be completed,” Demings said at a news conference in Orlando.

He also said that investigators have found the officers’ accounts contradictory to those of eyewitnesses.

Although Bartee underwent surgery, but he was in critical condition late in the afternoon, Demings said.

The shooting came as protests are being held in the US over decisions not to indict two white police officers who killed two black men in two different cities.

Last week, a grand jury decided not to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner on July 17.

A St. Louis grand jury also decided last month not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.