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National media hyping another black gangbanger killed by police in Savannah, GA


Savannah police had a suspect handcuffed and in the back of a patrol car. He got his hands in front of him, kicked out the window, and tried to escape. He allegedly managed to hide a gun from police and was armed. Police shot and killed him. Immediately residents flooded the streets with signs and the incident was an immediately national news story.

From CNN…

A Savannah, Georgia, police officer killed a handcuffed, and apparently armed, man Thursday as the man allegedly tried to bust out of a patrol car, a shooting that stirred up citizens and prompted the mayor to acknowledgment the community has “many questions.”

The incident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. in the historic coastal city, according to Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Chief Julie Tolbert. Tolbert has asked that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation look into the shooting.

The GBI, based on its preliminary investigation, says officers arrested 29-year-old Charles Smith on outstanding warrants and handcuffed him behind his back.

Smith was put into a police car, where he managed to move his hands to the front of his body and kicked out one of the vehicle’s windows.

“The officers said, as Smith attempted to exit the patrol car, they saw that he had a firearm,” the GBI said in its statement. “This encounter resulted in Smith being shot and killed at the scene.”

A firearm was later found under Smith’s body, the GBI reported.

Dozens of people gathered in a Savannah neighborhood at the shooting scene, which was cordoned off by police tape.

Some of them cried and hugged, a few appeared outwardly angry, a handful carried signs to voice their views, according to video from CNN affiliate WTOC. At one point, many of them — including some children — joined hands in a circle.

“The amount of people in the street” spurred the Chatham Emergency Management Agency to send out automatic calls to warn staff and volunteers about a “potential civil unrest situation,” agency spokeswoman Meredith Ley told CNN. She added that such notifications are standard for times like a parade or a marathon when there’s a situation with “a large amount of people that could escalate quickly.”

Mayor Edna Branch Jackson said that after talking to “the victim’s family” and West Savannah residents, she shares “many of (their) questions” on the incident, concerns she has relayed to police officials.

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