Activists seek new probe in Detroit raid slaying
Detroit — Standing beneath the “Hand of God” sculpture outside the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice downtown on Friday, Ron Scott implored community members to remember why they should keep seeking answers in the deaths of Terrance Kellom and others killed during encounters with law enforcement officers.
“We are determined because it could have been any of us sitting in our house, who could have been called a fugitive and could have had a bullet in their head,” the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality leader told a small crowd. “That’s why it’s important.”
Scott and area activists gathered for a rally and march Friday, demanding a new investigation into the shooting of Kellom, an armed robbery suspect, in his home by a federal officer.
The demonstration, which drew about 50 people and wound through the city, came more than a week after Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy declined to charge Mitchell Quinn, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, in Kellom’s death.
Kellom was shot April 27 during a raid of his northwest side home by the Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team multi-jurisdictional task force, which sought to arrest him in connection with the armed robbery of a pizza delivery man.
Worthy said evidence contradicted accounts of the incident Kellom’s family shared, including the shooting location in the house and other key elements. Kellom was not shot while prone, but while advancing on the officer, she said.
Worthy also said he was shot four times, not 10 as others have claimed, and lunged at Quinn with a hammer, which his father has denied.
Kellom’s relatives and others have disputed the findings. Attorney Karri Mitchell, who is representing the family, has said he planned to file a civil lawsuit.
Supporters who attended the rally Friday also questioned the results of the investigation, saying the evidence presented raises enough doubt to warrant further analysis.
“Here is yet another young person who ended up dead … so the community has to take responsibility and we have to make sure that the public officials understand how we see it,” said Dianne Feeley, a southwest Detroit resident. “We feel there’s an injustice that has been done. … Just because Kym Worthy has rested her case doesn’t mean that we’re going to rest ours.”