Jacksonville, Florida. – Last week, Jacksonville police shot and killed a relative at the Argyle Forest Hotel. The family’s lawyer gave a speech on Tuesday, demanding a transparent investigation and release of all videotapes of the incident.
Lawyer Marwan Porter and relatives said at a press conference that Michael Hughes, 32, is the father of two young boys and a good man with mental illness.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Hughes was fatally shot and killed by Officer JH Wing at the Quality Inn Hotel on the Youngman Circle on March 30. Hughes took control of the officer’s Taser and stunned him.
The sheriff’s office said that both Rong and another police officer who responded to the hotel were wearing body cameras. Porter also said that his understanding is that in addition to body cameras, there are dashboard cameras and hotel surveillance, so this is why he and his family asked to release all the shots.
On March 30, Hughes and his girlfriend had a family dispute at the hotel. According to TK Waters (TK Waters), the director of investigations at J Around 6:30 in the morning, the last time was not long after.After 12:30 pm
According to Waters, Hughes was forced to return to the room after leaving earlier. When the two officers arrived, Hughes refused to leave. Waters said the officer tried to detain Hughes and fought one of the officers for more than 60 seconds, during which Hughes yelled to kill him. Hughes’ girlfriend Dawn Johnson said at a press conference on Tuesday that Hughes yelled: “I’m going to kill you, I’m going to kill you.”
According to Waters, Hughes took control of Wing’s Taser and stunned him once, then the officer fired several shots. Waters said that Hughes pounced on the officer again, who fired a few more shots.
Waters said that when Hughes collapsed, officers put him in handcuffs and performed CPR until rescuers arrived and determined that he was dead.
“Now, I don’t know how to deal with it. I shouldn’t do that. I never should have done that. I miss him so much,” Hughes’ girlfriend said. “We have a problem, we think the situation is frustrating, but I love that man, he loves me.”
Hughes’ father Timothy Hughes said his eldest son was shot in the head, chest, abdomen and buttocks.
“Why did the police get the shots from the motel and the spare shots from the motel? I want to see them. I want to see what they did to my son,” he said. “I also want to know why the police have two taser guns, two pepper sprays and two truncheons, but they cannot arrest a black man without violence and weapons. I want to know why they cannot arrest a black man. These things are kept in their arsenal. These are things I want to know. I want to see the footage of my son alive until the moment he is still alive, and then the moment he is lying on the ground.”
Johnson asked to know “Why did they have to shoot him so many times?”
She said: “I feel Neigui because I called the police for help.”
Porter insisted that Hughes was not a violent man, but “fighted with his girlfriend, and now he is dead.” Porter said that a non-violent domestic dispute “should not be sentenced to death.”
The family’s lawyer said that if all the evidence is released and it appears that the police have acted in accordance with the law, the family will accept this statement, but if they find that the police have acted inappropriately, they will seek justice in court.
Wing, who had worked at JSO for two years, was slightly injured in the incident. During the investigation, he was taken administrative leave, which is a standard procedure. The adjutant did not fire.
Regarding the press conference on Tuesday, JSO sent the following statement to News4Jax:
“You know that Chief Waters shared the available information shortly after the incident. Whether it was an external investigation conducted within JSO or through the State Attorney’s Office, this is still an active investigation. There is currently no new information to release, so , We refuse to be interviewed.”
Porter said he has requested access to all surveillance videos, but has not yet received a response from the agency.
This is the third police shooting in Jacksonville in 2021, and the second ended in death.
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