Grand jury will not charge officer in shooting of unarmed 17-year-old

April 14, 2000|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore grand jury has decided that a Housing Authority police officer should not be charged in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy on Thanksgiving Day, city prosecutors announced yesterday.

In a news release, Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy said the grand jurors found that Officer Kenneth M. Dean III, 32, did not violate any laws when he shot Eli McCoy in an incident that prompted protests about police brutality.

The grand jury heard testimony from 16 witnesses over three days this week, according to the release.

"After carefully reviewing all the evidence in the case, the Grand Jury returned no indictments," the release says. "The Grand Jury's decision concludes the criminal investigation."

The victim's father, Elton McCoy, said he was angry about the decision.

"My son had no weapons on him, he gave up, and the officer just jabbed him," McCoy said. "If he can do that to my son, how many other Housing Authority officers can do that and get away with it?"

Last month, McCoy filed a $125 million lawsuit against the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, the Housing Authority Police Department and Dean alleging that McCoy was shot as he tried to surrender.

The family's lawyer, A. Dwight Pettit, called the grand jury investigation "a political whitewash."

"It's a farce," Pettit said. "A prosecutor can do anything he wants to do with a grand jury. You can indict a rock but not indict a police officer if you choose to. It's completely their show."

Sun staff writer Tim Craig contributed to this article.

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