California – Huntington Park police officers last Thursday fatally shot an armed double amputee trying to run away on his stumps.
Anthony Lowe Jr., the 36-year-old double amputee, was armed with a 12-inch butcher knife and had just stabbed someone unprovoked, according to reports.
Huntington Park police received a call about a man in a wheelchair who had just stabbed another man.
When police arrived to the scene they saw Anthony Lowe hop out of his wheelchair with a large knife in his hand.
Lowe tried to run away on his stumps and ignored orders from police to drop his weapon.
Police first used a taser to subdue Lowe, but the taser failed.
The police department said in a statement that police fatally shot Anthony Lowe after he continued to threaten them with a knife.
According to Lowe’s family, the 36-year-old lost his legs after a recent altercation with Texas police.
Huntington Park, California police officers shoot dead Anthony Lowe Jr, a double amputee man who tried to run away from them on the stumps of his legs. The cops said they were afraid Lowe would throw the knife he had at them. pic.twitter.com/y4FjqED4Hy
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Anthony Lowe’s mother said police officers murdered her son.
Activists are outraged and called for justice and demanded accountability.
CBS News reported:
Activists outraged over the shooting death of a 36-year-old double amputee demanded justice and accountability Monday, CBS Los Angeles reports.
The Coalition for Community Control Over the Police and the family of Anthony Lowe Jr. held a news conference to bring awareness to Lowe’s death.
“He was loved,” his cousin, Ellakenyada Gorum, said as she sobbed. “And it’s sad how these police are getting away with killing our African American people. Just getting away with it. He was in a wheelchair. What more could he do? What more could he do?”
Lowe’s mother also spoke at the news conference, which was held outside the Huntington Park Police Department.
“They murdered my son, in a wheelchair with no legs,” said Dorothy Lowe. “They do need to do something about it.”
A spokesperson for the family said both of Lowe’s legs were amputated at the knees. He was undergoing a mental health crisis when he was shot to death by Huntington Park police Thursday, the spokesperson said.