The fatal shooting of a teenage robbery suspect near his Pittsburgh-area home last week and accusations of missteps in the Pittsburgh police probe of the incident ignited a debate over whether the police can investigate themselves impartially, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Police and prosecutors promise a thorough investigation into the death of Dion Lee Hall, but critics like Tim Stevens of the NAACP ask, “How can you trust the process when it’s been violated so many times in history?
Hall, 17, died of a gunshot wound to the head last Thursday night in a van parked in front of a home. Three police officers saw him hiding under a blanket in the van. When they approached, they heard a gunshot, and one of the officers fired his 9-mm pistol three times into the van. Police said the head wound did not come from an officer’s gun, but county Coroner Dr. Cyril Wecht said it’s too early to tell whether Hall shot himself.