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Officer DC Twiddy Cleared In Akiel Denkins Shooting

Raleigh Police Shooting, Akiel Denkins
Leoneda Inge

No charges will be filed against the white Raleigh police officer who shot and killed a young black man he was trying to arrest back in February.

The Wake County District Attorney’s office has ruled that police officer D.C. Twiddy shot Akiel Denkins in self-defense.

The shooting occurred on February 29 around noon.  Twiddy was attempting to arrest 24-year-old Denkins for failure to appear in court on felony drug charges.  After a chase, Twiddy told investigators Denkins reached for a gun, so he shot Denkins in self-defense.  Preliminary autopsy reports show Denkins was shot four times.  A revolver was found next to his body.

Many residents, along with the NAACP, protested the deadly officer involved shooting.  District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said in a statement, their independent investigation shows no criminal charges against Twiddy are warranted.

Leoneda Inge is WUNC’s race and southern culture reporter, the first public radio journalist in the South to hold such a position. She also is co-host of the podcast Tested and host of the special podcast series, PAULI. Leoneda is the recipient of numerous awards from AP, RTDNA and NABJ. She’s been a reporting fellow in Berlin and Tokyo. You can follow her on Twitter @LeonedaInge.
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