Ze’Morion Dillon-Hokin lives less than 15 yards away from where Jamar Clarke, an unarmed 24-year-old Black man, was recently shot in the head and killed by police.
According to The Daily Mail, the 10-year-old was playing video games when he heard the altercation and ran outside to see what was going on.
What Dillon-Hokin first witnessed were the police telling Clark, “…to step back. He was saying ‘f*** you’ to them,” recounted the young boy. Clark was trying to get to the ambulance where his girlfriend was being treated following their domestic dispute.
According to Dillon-Hokin, Clark put his hands up and was handcuffed before being “choke-slammed down” by the officers.
“Then they took out a gun and ‘popped’ him in the face,” Dillon-Hokin said. “He took two more breaths. I saw the smoke from the gun.”
According to the witness, before Clark was dragged to an ambulance, the police “flipped him over” and removed one handcuff while the other remained on a wrist.
Tequilla Dillon, Dillon-Clark’s mother, said her son has been traumatized by the situation. “He was in shock afterwards…He saw it all and it has upset him. He came in and fell right over and said: ‘They are killing us.’ No child should see something like that and they are getting a therapist to try [and] help him over it.”
She also added, “I hope what he has told the police and the Bureau will help everybody get to the truth.”
The officers were not wearing body cams and there’s minimal area surveillance footage of the shooting. Dillon-Hokin’s account of the incident may be critical to the investigation which may take up to four months as the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division is now involved with the case.
Stay tuned for the latest updates.