by Shannon Jones
“He didn’t move; he wasn’t screaming; he didn’t try to resist; he was handcuffed” were the condemning words from Daniel Aguilar, a witness to the killing of 18-year-old Khiry Haslip of Southern California by police officers.
Police arrested Haslip last Wednesday after Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call for a man with a gun. Deputies chased him down and handcuffed him. After the officer’s backup arrived, Haslip rolled over, revealing that he was carrying a gun.
Witnesses say that after the deputies saw the weapon, they ordered Haslip to “get down”, then they shot him.
Byttany Haines, another witness, said that after he was shot, she started screaming and crying. She said she yelled, “Call the news, you guys can’t just do that to people”. Daniel Aguilar said that it looked to them that Haslip was killed immediately, “You hear one shot and he doesn’t move after that, you know he’s dead.”
Friends and neighbors have admitted that Khiry Haslip was a gang member, however none of them believe that a handcuffed man with his hands behind his back should have been shot and killed by police.