In March 2021, 51-year-old Kelly Rooks was shot and killed by a police officer in Seaford, Delaware.
Rooks reportedly called 911 because she thought she had been poisoned. Several police officers responded the call. The police said that Rooks threatened officers with a gun, so they shot her.
The Rooks family allege that the police shot her through a closed door, as evidenced by holes in the door of her home. The police officer who shot Rooks was placed on administrative leave.
In July 2021, Rooks’ relatives sued the city and the police department. The lawsuit alleges that the use of excessive force could have been avoided. In February 2022, the District Attorney said that the officer’s shooting was justified.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
“As her family, we have serious concerns about the circumstances of Kelly’s death, and we insist upon a credible investigation to uncover the truth. As a human being, she deserved better,” the statement of Rooks’ family reads.
The family’s lawsuit argues [officer] Johnson “escalated and provoked an otherwise static situation by his reckless tactical response.”
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.