Florida Police Kill Mentally Ill Black Man, Community Protests (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A group of African-American demonstrators marched to the city hall in Gretna, Florida, on Thursday to protest the shooting and killing of Kaldrick Donald by a police officer.

The peaceful protesters chanted, "Hands up, don't shoot," a protest slogan that started in Ferguson, Missouri.

Donald's family participated in the march with friends, neighbors, the Dream Defenders (an organization of minority youth) and Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor (video below).

"If the standard of policing in Gretna can be established and adopted as a norm in the shadow of Leon County, that same wind can blow that mentality into a policing state in Leon County," Proctor told the Tallahassee Democrat. "You can't help but be concerned in this instance."

"I think demands are being made by the people. We want something to happen but we also know that a grand jury has to convene and the grand jury will ultimately decide what's gonna happen with Sgt. Brown," Craig Brown, a lawyer for the Donald family, told WCTV (video below).

The shooting happened on Oct. 28 when Donald's mother called 911 to have her adult son committed to a mental hospital. Sgt. Charles Brown answered the call (with another officer), got into an altercation with Donald and reportedly shot the young man.

Ulysses Jenkins, an investigator with the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, said in a statement, "The police officer arrived, a struggle ensued and from that point during the altercation and suspect is now deceased."

However, as in Ferguson, specific details of the shooting have not been quickly released, sparking anger in the community.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is reportedly investigating the incident. Sgt. Brown has been placed on administrative paid leave.

Sources: Tallahassee Democrat, WCTV