Activists want to schedule meeting with LMPD regarding deadly shooting

Published: Sep. 20, 2010 at 5:03 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 26, 2010 at 4:18 AM EDT
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By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Sunday afternoon several community activists stood at the location of Thursday's deadly shooting. They said they are not satisfied police detectives are already calling the shooting self-defense.

Members of The Justice Resource Center plan to call LMPD Chief, Robert White, Monday morning to schedule a meeting with him. They plan to ask for a full investigation.

Around 2:30 Thursday morning, 23-year-old Daniel Covington, a former U of L Football player was shot and killed at 2nd and Liberty Streets. WAVE 3 Sources said Isaiah Howes, a former U of L baseball player, was the shooter. Police believe the shooting may have been a case of self-defense. Metro Police indicate they will be turning over their investigation soon to the Commonwealth's Attorney's office.

On Sunday, Reverend James Tennison said he has concerns. He said he does not want the investigation to be swept under the rug. Members said they want the police department to investigate the shooting thoroughly. They believe it was preliminary for the police department to call the shooting -self-defense. Tennison said he wants to know what provoked Covington, which ended with his life being taken away.

"They sent that message out that it's self defense when Mr. Covington did not have a gun. Now, they're trying to say because of the aggressiveness of Mr. Covington, what calls it self-defense for this man to pull a gun and react in the way he did," Reverend Milton Seymore said.

LMPD officers have told WAVE 3, they do not expect to charge the shooter. Under Kentucky law, officers say the shooters' use of deadly force against Covington appears justified.

The day of the shooting, September 16th, Lt. Barry Wilkerson said Covington stepped out of his car, reached into another car. Wilkerson said Covington assaulted the people inside that car. He said something may have been said to Covington, which prompted him to approach a car, which he believed was involved.

Rev. Tennison said he wants to find out what happened in the shooting and how it could have been avoided.

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