Family, activists voice pain from Raleigh man’s fatal encounter with RPD

RALEIGH, N.C. — The family of Darryl Williams, the man who died in the custody of Raleigh police, announced a list of demands for the police department on Tuesday morning days after his death summoned controversy in the community.

Williams’ mother, Sonya Williams, and other community activists were present during the news conference to condemn the handling of the arrest.

Kerwin Pittman, a social activist in city of Raleigh, began the press conference by asking for a moment of silence in honor of Darryl Williams. Pittman said the family deserves more answers than the ones provided in the five-day report.

“Darryl Williams should not be dead,” he said. “Their initial encounter with Mr. Williams was unwarranted and unjustifiable.”

Pittman said his feelings are due to RPD never being called to the scene. Rather, the officers were doing something the department calls “proactive patrolling.”

“‘Proactive patrolling’ is nothing more than racial profiling the marginalized communities,” Pittman said. “It’s finding an excuse when there is no excuse to stop minorities in minority communities.”

Davelle Madden spoke on behalf of Sonya Williams.

“A piece of our hearts have been taken from us,” she said. “What is going on in our community is a true testament as to why we’re all gathered here today. And we just want answers. We want answers as to why this happened to Darryl.”

Madden said Darryl’s mother hasn’t been able to sleep since the death of her son.

Dawn Blagrove, attorney and executive director of Emancipate NC, expanded on the demands and called the five-day report from police “propaganda,” and questioned the police’s methods of “preventive policing.”

Blagrove referenced the report that stated officers were conducting a drug investigation, but then in another paragraph said officers were doing “preventative policing.”

The death of Darryl Williams

The incident happened last week outside a sweepstakes parlor on Rock Quarry Road.

The other big takeaway from the report is that he can be heard on body camera footage yelling that he had a heart condition.

In their press release, the family stated that Williams’ death was “unwarranted and unjustifiable” after he expressed his heart problems.

No shots were fired, according to the police.

Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson said six officers were involved in the incident. The officers are on administrative leave, which is standard procedure when there is an officer-involved shooting or in-custody death.

The six officers who were involved are on administrative leave.

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