Family Of Gary Man Shot and Killed By Police Demand Answers
GARY, Ind. -- "I want justice for my son." The words of Tonia Simmons, the mother of Rashad Cunningham, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Gary Saturday morning.
Heather Fox was Cunningham's girlfriend. She has sent a letter to Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson demanding that she be allowed to see body camera and dashboard camera footage of the incident. Andrew Stroth, the family's attorney is also requesting the release of the names of all the officers involved.
Gary police say officers got a shots fired call at around 3:15 Saturday morning. They got to where the call was near East 23rd Avenue and Kentucky Street. They say the approached a vehicle and in the process "a police officer's weapon was discharged" resulting in Cunningham's death.
Mayor Freeman-Wilson said in a statement Monday that Gary police do not use body cameras or dashboard cameras, so there is no recording of the incident.
"We realize the frustrations associated with losing a loved one and our community has many questions about the incident," Freeman-Wilson said. "Answers to those questions will come with a full, independent investigation."