Candlelight Vigil Held for Man Shot and Killed by State Trooper
CHARLOTTE, NC – Family and friends are demanding justice for a deaf man shot and killed by a State Trooper. Monday night, they held a candlelight vigil for Daniel Harris.
His brother Sam used a sign language interpreter to speak to the crowd.
“He didn’t have a weapon, he didn’t have anything on him,” Sam said.
Family members say Harris may have been unaware Trooper Jermaine Saunders was trying to pull him over for speeding last Thursday.
Investigators say the trooper followed Harris from 485 to Seven Oaks Drive.
When Harris got out of the car, Trooper Saunders shot him.
Investigators haven’t said much about the encounter.
“Tears and anger. And heartsick. That’s what this is,” said Beth Clements.
Clements, with Safe Coalition NC, came to the vigil to support the Harris family.
This is incredibly horrible. With no reason what so ever,” she said.
Harris’s family says they want the state to document in the DMV system when a driver is deaf, to alert officers when they pull over someone who is hearing impaired.
Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement also showed up holding signs.
“Just as we show up for people of color who have been affected by state-sanctioned violence, we show up for Daniel too,” said Ashley Williams.