LOS ANGELES—Southern California police shot and killed a Black man as he ran away from them while allegedly holding a gun, video showed. The family of 23-year-old Rob Adams, however, says he was likely holding his cellphone instead of a gun because he had been talking to his mother when police arrived. His family expects to file a legal claim, a precursor to a lawsuit.
“All I heard after that was gunshots. He never told me goodbye,” his mother, Tamika Deavila King, said July 20 at a news conference. San Bernardino police say that officers were called to a parking lot around 8 p.m. July 16 after getting a tip that a Black man was walking around with a gun. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump said at the news conference that Adams’ death was “a classic example of ‘shoot first and ask questions later.’” (AP)