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Family members of people who have been killed in police-involved shootings are continuing to ask for help from the Wichita City Council.
Shakeitha Scales is the mother of Timothy Collins, who was killed earlier this year in a confrontation wtih police. She tearfully pleaded with the council Tuesday for more information, saying she has not gotten any answers on her son's death. Mike Shatz of the group Occupy Wichita made another appeal for a citizens review board and a citizens grand jury to investigate officer-involved shootings.
Deputy police chief Tom Stolz said the shooting incidents are under investigation by the Sedgwick County district attorney's office, and that process takes time. He said police have met with the families to talk about these cases, and they will meet with families again after the investigation is completed.
Several members of Occupy Wichita stood and began singing the song "We Shall Overcome," at one point during Tuesday's council meeting, but Mayor Carl Brewer interrupted, saying that's against the council's rules of order. Brewer offered to meet with family members and Occupy Wichita leaders in his office to talk about the situation and explain the council's role in the process.
There have been five people this year who have been killed in confrontations with police officers.