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Wichita City Council members heard more comments Tuesday on the police-involved shooting deaths of five people over the past year.
During the public comment portion of their regular meeting, council members heard from a woman whose son was killed by officers almost a year ago. Doris Johnson said she wants justice for the death of her son, 27-year-old Dejuan Colbert, who was shot during a robbery at a Dollar General store at 2427 West Pawnee.
She claims officers did not give her son and two other men the option to surrender. Colbert was shot as he ran toward officers with a knife in his hand. A recent report from the Sedgwick County district attorney found that the officers were justified in using deadly force.
Occupy Wichita members Janice Bradley and Richard Stephenson said their group will be focused on the issue of excessive force by police. They called on the council to establish an independent citizens review panel with subpoena powers to investigate police actions.
Stephenson accused police of acting with undue aggression in many situations.