Congresswoman Maxine Waters said at a news conference that she doesn’t “trust any police department to investigate itself.” Waters added that Inglewood Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks “fully supports an investigation.”
Thursday in Inglewood there’s going to be a night out against police brutality and a call for the U.S. Post office located on 300 W Hillcrest Blvd. in Inglewood to be named in memory of Kevin Wicks.
The rally will be held in front of the Inglewood Police Department at One Manchester Blvd. in Inglewood at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, August 14.
Wicks was a postal employee for 19 years before he was shot to death by officer Inglewood Brian Ragan.
Wicks’ relatives have filed a $25-million wrongful death claim against the city and the police department.
Police say Kevin Wicks, 38, was shot shortly after midnight on July 21 after he raised a gun at Inglewood Police Officer Brian Ragan, who was responding to a report of a domestic disturbance at Wicks’ apartment complex.
However, Wicks’ was alone.
Wicks’ daughter and mother, who have rallied the support of community activists, insist that Ragan and three other officers went to the wrong apartment in the 100 block of North Hillcrest Boulevard.
Angela Powell, an attorney representing Wicks’ family, said the claim, would be a precursor to a lawsuit. And although “no amount of money will make up for the loss” of Wicks, the hope was that the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and the U.S. attorney’s office would review the incident, Powell said.
Powell said she could not independently confirm whether Wicks had been armed. His relatives have noted in previous comments to the media that if Wicks was in possession of a weapon, it was probably because living in a dangerous neighborhood made him concerned for his safety when he responded to the knock at his door shortly after midnight.
Outrage over Wicks’ shooting intensified after it was revealed that Ragan was one of two officers involved in the May shooting of three unarmed men that resulted in the death of 19-year-old Michael Byoune.
Ragan, a five-year veteran of the Inglewood Police Department, had been placed on leave but returned to duty in June after he passed a psychological screening and it was determined that his ability to do his job had not been compromised, police officials have said.
My two cents regarding all of this, begins with condolences to the family first and foremost. I have been keenly observing the movements of the activists involved and the media reports. I think my initial thoughts are that this can not be laid at the feet of Inglewood’s new police chief Inglewood Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks. While she is the commander-and-chief of the department, she’s new and these problems are systemic, meaning they were there before her arrival. Kind of like how Bush screwed up America’s economy and if Obama were to win the presidency, we couldn’t blame him for things related to Bush’s term in office that happen to take place after Obama is sworn into office.
There is definitely something wrong with Inglewood’s Police Department, that’s for sure, I am not denying that, just asking that we be smart about going placing blame.