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Scenes from the Aftermath: How Akiel Denkins’s Death Played Out on Bragg Street—and on Social Media

Posted by on Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 10:43 AM

On Monday night, a vigil was held for twenty-four-year-old Akiel Denkins and his family at the intersection of Bragg and Garner Streets in Southeast Raleigh. Denkins was shot and killed yesterday by Raleigh police officers. Police say he had a felony drug charge and a gun was found near the seen, but community members claim that Denkins was unarmed and shot in the back six or seven times.

“We were sitting outside, having a nice day, and then we heard a bam! bam! bam! and I went into the house,” neighbor Brenda Jackson told the INDY yesterday. “It’s not right.”

“To shoot a man like that, it seems like you were afraid,” agreed Willie Alston. “To shoot him seven times in his back … .” He shook his head.

The officer, D.C. Twiddy, has been placed on administrative leave by the Raleigh Police Department pending an investigation. The police chief has promised that a preliminary report will be released to the public within five working days

Today the Raleigh police shot an unarmed man 7 times in the back. At the vigil for Akiel Denkins.

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After starting at Bragg and Garner, about three hundred people marched to Bible Way Temple on Holmes Street, the church that Denkins attended, where an impromptu service was held.

Service for #AkielDenkins #FilmThePolice #Raleigh #BlackLivesMatter

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Some community members here say harassment by the police is part of everyday life. “[The police] could step up and be a whole lot better than what they are,” said Alston.

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