Family requests no protests in police shooting of Black man
The family of a man shot Feb. 4 by at least one Clark County Sheriff's deputy has asked that there be no demonstration held protesting the circumstances.
According a statement released by the NAACP Vancouver Branch Saturday, family members of Jenoah D. Donald remain in shock and are trying to grieve.
"To our white allies: we are grateful for these brave Americans leveraging power and privilege for the continued cause of Black freedom and equity," the release said. "However, the theme of Black History Month this year is the Black Family. We ask you to listen to the needs and wants of the family of this Black man."
On Thursday night, Feb. 4, an altercation began about 7:40 p.m. near Northeast 68th Street and Northeast Second Avenue in Hazel Dell following a traffic stop.
Details surrounding what sparked the subsequent shooting have not yet been released.
The NAACP originally said Donald, 30, died the following morning at a nearby hospital. But less than a half hour after the NAACP statement was released, the Vancouver Police Department released its own statement saying "Mr. Donald remains hospitalized as of this update."
The NAACP then clarified that "The family was told Friday morning there was nothing further doctors could do and they are preparing for his funeral. Jenoah remains on life support."
"Any public demonstrations done at this time would be in direct violation of this family's wishes," the statement further read. "The best and only way to support at this time is to pray and you can contribute to the family's GoFundMe."
Authorities said the "involved deputies" had been placed on leave and that the investigation into the incident will be handled by the Regional Independent Investigation Team.
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