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Ohio officer placed on paid leave after accidentally running over shooting victim

An Ohio police officer is on paid administrative leave after she ran her cruiser over a black shooting victim who had called 911 for medical help and later died.

Officer Amanda Rosales responded to a 911 report the night of Sunday, June 13 from Eric Cole, who had called the emergency line to report being shot and in need of immediate medical assistance. Cole had informed the 911 dispatcher that he had been the victim of a shooting and that he thought he was going to die. Dashcam footage shows Rosales approaching the address given by the dispatcher, who remained on the phone with Cole as the officer arrived on scene, and running over Cole, who was lying in the street bleeding from gunshot wounds to his left arm and shoulder.

Cole told the dispatcher when the cruiser ran him over, telling them, “They just hit me.” When the dispatcher asked, “Who hit you?,” Cole responded, “The police.” Cole was airlifted to a nearby hospital after the incident, where he was pronounced dead shortly after midnight on Monday. Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf held a press conference last Wednesday, officially identifying Rosales as the officer who had run over Cole, and assuring the public that this was an accident.

Graf told reporters, “This was an accident. It doesn’t mean it’s OK…This was not an intentional act on the part of the officer. I am sure of that.” Graf added, “From what we are initially piecing together, remember this is all under investigation, the lead officer was trying to catch the addresses on the house. Eric was lying in the street as you can see from the videos — and the officer did not see him.”

Cole’s family is publicly questioning the police department’s narrative of events. Lekesha Bradford, Cole’s sister, told the Atlanta Black Star the family was not initially informed that a police cruiser had run over Eric, who was a father of three, and were under the impression that whoever shot him had also run him over. Bradford also questions whether this was truly an accident, telling the ABS, “There is no way that she did not see him…My brother made the 911 call. He was on the phone with dispatch and said he was in the middle of the street. You all see it as an accident. We don’t.”

The dashcam footage shows Cole visibly in the street prior to being hit, but Graf pointed out to reporters that dashcam footage is not necessarily consistent with what officers see from their angles. The autopsy results could take up to 12 weeks, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. In the meantime, the NAACP has pledged to the Cole family that they will pursue this case and make sure there is full transparency from the Springfield Police and that all responsible parties will be held accountable.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK POST

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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