“The video infuriated me,” Wright told the Dayton Daily News, “There was obviously no reason for this police officer to take the life of this young man. It just sickens me that this continues to happen.”
Wright has represented other families of people who were killed by police, including the family of John Crawford. Crawford was killed by Beavercreek police in a Walmart in 2014. Wright also represented the family of Andre Hill, a 47-year-old Columbus man who was shot and killed by Columbus Police in 2020.
“We must continue to hold these departments accountable,” Wright said.
Wright said police need to review policies and training and said initiating the execution of arrest warrants at 2:30 a.m. for “relatively low-level type of crime is just ridiculous.”
“And the way they handled this entry, as opposed to using de-escalation and things of that nature, they just did everything wrong.”
An attorney representing Anderson said last week that the investigation must look at “the totality of the circumstances.”
In such cases, “we are expressly forbidden from using 20/20 hindsight, because unlike all of us, officers are not afforded the luxury of armchair reflection when they are faced with rapidly evolving, volatile encounters in dangerous situations,” attorney Mark Collins said.
Elliott said he plans a civil lawsuit in the future against Anderson and the city.
The Associated Press contributed to this story