A white Florida officer critically wounded a black man early Monday when he shot the unarmed 28-year-old in a stolen car in Orlando, according to Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.
Witnesses say the man, Cedric Bartee, had his hands in the air — a sign of surrender — when the shooting occurred. In recent months, the “Hands up, Don’t shoot” gesture has become a symbol to combat police violence in the wake of other police shootings involving young black and unarmed males nationwide.
But in a Monday press conference, Demings, who is African-American, said some eyewitness accounts conflict with that of the officer.
“I ask everyone to not rush to judgment and allow the investigation to be completed,” said at a news conference in Orlando.
On Monday Demings said he was trying to be transparent in holding the press conference “because of the backdrop of everything happening in the country…
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