Political Reaction to Ruling in Rawlings Shooting
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty issued the following statement regarding the decision to file no charges in the Deonte Rawlings shooting.
"The death of Deonte Rawlings was a tragic loss for his family and the entire community continues to mourn for them. After an exhaustive, independent investigation, the US Attorney and FBI have rendered their opinion. It is important that all members of the community respect the legal process. Now that this process is complete, we will work to ensure that the community and our officers who put their lives on the line everyday continue to heal together."
From the Wilson Building, Council Member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) and head of the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, told the D.C. Wire, "It's really hard to say whether the right decision was made....The bottom line is that there are no winners. There never is in a situation like this. You've got a family whose lost someone. You've to police officers that have been questioned publicly. You've got a community that's been traumatized."
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