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Activists ask feds to probe cop shooting

INGLEWOOD — Civil rights activists are calling for a federal investigation into a police-involved shooting here Feb. 22 that left a man and a woman dead.

Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Project lslamic Hope President Najee Ali, family members of slain Kisha Michael and other civil rights leaders Feb. 24 called on U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to authorize a federal probe into the police slaying of Michael and Marquintan Sandlin.

The investigation was sought after Inglewood Police officials failed to make full public disclosure about the conflicting details about the shooting, whether an actual gun was involved and failure to disclose the names of the officers involved in the shooting. This lack of disclosure is deeply troubling, Hutchinson said.

“The slaying of Michael and Sandlin raise many questions about the circumstances of the slaying, and whether deadly force was necessary in the case,” Hutchinson said. “Given the failure of Inglewood police officials to make full disclosure about the shooting, to tell what steps were taken to minimize the use of deadly force, and what, if any, policies and procedures were violated in the shooting, a full federal probe to determine the facts is warranted.

“The family of Michael wants and demands answers to why Michael is dead; answers that haven’t been forthcoming.”

The shooting occurred about 3:10 a.m. Feb. 22 on Manchester Boulevard at Inglewood Avenue, Inglewood police Lt. Scott Collins said.

Officers sent there on a call that a vehicle had stopped in a traffic lane saw that a woman had a gun, Collins said. The officers took cover and ordered the people to get out of the vehicle.

“An officer-involved shooting then occurred,” Collins said. “Both occupants were struck by gunfire and the female occupant possessing the firearm was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Sandlin died at a hospital, Collins said. A gun was recovered at the scene of the shooting, police said.

Trisha Michael, the sister of Kisha, said her sister was the mother of three.

“The family is really still not sure of what happened,” she said. “We just want the truth.”

Inglewood police asked anyone with any information regarding the shooting to call them at (310) 412-5246.