Daughters say father shouldn't have been killed by police

Daughters say father shouldn't have been killed by police
Dominque Wicker and Danielle Cleveland (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Dominque Wicker and Danielle Cleveland (Source: WAVE 3 News)
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad (Source: WAVE 3 News)
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Nine days after a man was gunned down by officers in south Louisville, his daughters are promoting peace, along with justice for their father.
 
On Aug. 8, Darnell Wicker was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police officers.

Police arrived at 4900 block of Broadleaf Drive at 1:30 a.m. that morning for a domestic dispute.
 
According to LMPD Chief Steve Conrad, Wicker had kicked in the door of an apartment and was armed with a knife.
 
Conrad identified the three responding second division officers as Taylor Banks, Beau Gadegaard and Brian Smith.
 
Once officers arrived, Conrad said a man came out of the apartment armed with a "long, curved, bladed object."
 
Police ordered the man to drop the weapons but he did not. Conrad said the man advanced toward the three officers who were at the scene; two of the officers, Banks and Gadegaard, fired shots at the man, hitting him several times.
 
Banks and Gadegaard have been placed on administrative leave while the department's public integrity unit investigates the shooting.
 
Smith did not fire his weapon and was not place on leave.

All three officers were wearing body cameras. The footage, which contains graphic images, was released to the public on the LMPD YouTube channel.
 
None of the officers were injured during the incident.
 
"We always have to look at the whole picture," Wicker's father Danielle Cleveland said. "We are kind of dissecting the case just like everybody else is," she added.
 
The information released by police so far isn't enough for sisters Danielle Cleveland and Dominque Wicker to justify their father's death.
 
"It should've never happened," Cleveland said. "That is the only conclusion I can come to is that it should've never happened."
 
Both women were at a community meeting Wednesday evening, as Chief Steve Conrad took questions and tried to ease concerns.
 
Wicker's family used it as an opportunity to learn more about his death and what led up to it. They want to know why a Taser (stun gun) wasn't used, instead of a gun. They asked why one of the three officers at the scene decided not to shoot. They also questioned how close the officers were to Wicker.
 
Several questions Conrad said he simply couldn't answer yet, because it is all under investigation and will be for several weeks.
 
But, Conrad did speak about something in particular that triggered the investigation.
 
"Their reason for not rendering aid is one of the reasons we need to do an investigation," Conrad said. "Our policies need to be followed. We have a police that has the importance of rendering aid to anyone who is hurt at a scene."
 
While the nation struggles with animosity between civilians and police officers, Cleveland said her family will rise above that while finding justice for her father.
 
"We feel like we have to set an example now because we have the whole community looking at us," she said. "But, at the end of the day, we want our father to be treated as an individual."
 
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