Sarah Coleman (Dalvin Hollins’ mom) and Fred Franklin (Dalvin Hollins’ stepfather) speak at a press conference, April 27, 2017, in front of Tempe City Hall. Mark Henle/azcentral.com
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Protesters organized by the Rev. Jarrett Maupin marched over the Mill Avenue Bridge on Sept. 26, 2016, to protest the shooting in July of Dalvin Hollins, 19, by Tempe police Lt. Edward Ouimette. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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Dalvin Hollins’ grandmother, Priscilla Coleman, was carried by her family during their march on the Mill Avenue Bridge on Sept. 26. Yihyun Jeong/azcentral.com
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Edited surveillance footage shows a man robbing a Tempe Walgreens on July 27, 2016. Police believe the robber was Dalvin Hollins.
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Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir speaks to the media about the officer who killed Dalvin Hollins.
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The Rev. Jarrett Maupin and Sarah Coleman, the mother of a man killed by police, speak at a press conference at Tempe City Hall.
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Dalvin Hollins walks past a camera at the Smile Innovations Family Dentistry office on Rural Road in Tempe on July 27, 2016.
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Tempe police Lt. Mike Pooley speaks to the media about an officer-involved shooting near Rural and Guadalupe roads on July 27, 2016.
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‘He was just scared running for his life’: Hollins’ family speaks out
‘Moral Monday’ protest in Tempe
Dalvin Hollins’ grandmother carried by family during march on Tempe bridge
Tempe Walgreens robbery
Tempe police chief speaks to media
The Rev. Jarrett Maupin and mother speak
Tempe police shooting
The family of a teen shot dead by a Tempe police lieutenant has denounced the county attorney’s decision not to criminally charge the lawman.
Speaking with reporters on Thursday, the family of 19-year-old Dalvin Hollins decried the lack of prosecution for Tempe police Lt. Edward Ouimette and said they hold out hope that an internal investigation of his actions in the shooting last July will result in his termination or resignation.
“At this point, we are looking forward to the results of the city analyzing whether or not policies and procedures were violated,” said Rev. Jarrett Maupin, who has been acting as a family representative.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery announced Wednesday that Ouimette would not be criminally charged in the case. Ouimette, who is white, fatally shot the black teen last July after he fled a Walgreens pharmacy that he was accused of robbing at gunpoint. Hollins was unarmed.
Hollins’ family is planning a demonstration to take place Friday afternoon in Tempe, but Maupin said they were reluctant to provide too many details. Maupin pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge related to a September police-shooting protest in Tempe that he organized in Hollins’ name.
Hollins’ stepdad, Fred Franklin, said Thursday that the teen had learning disabilities his whole life. He was on medication that had just been changed by a therapist in July, and Maupin said this may have caused some side effect that made Hollins more violent. Franklin began saying that the attempt may have been money-related before Maupin cut him off.
His parents said Hollins had never before threatened a person.
Franklin thinks that the demands Hollins made to the cashier should’ve indicated that he was mentally unfit. He stole eight bottles of a medication with codeine that is often used in a recreational drink that also contains Sprite and Jolly Ranchers.
“They knew he didn’t know what he was doing,” Franklin said. “He’s back over the counter with millions of dollars of drugs and he asks for $200 (in pills)? C’mon now.”
Witnesses at the Walgreens called police after the robber fled, and Ouimette arrived about 20 minutes later. He and another officer found Hollins, who fit the robber’s description and was shirtless, in grey sweatpants and holding a Jordan bag.
Hollins ran onto the property of the Westchester Senior Living facility. Ouimette followed, armed with a 9mm duty firearm, pepper spray and a Taser. Court documents say he ran nearly parallel to Hollins before commanding him to “Stop, or I’m gonna shoot you.”
According to police records released this week, Ouimette said that Hollins turned to look at him, and it appeared he was holding a gun. The officer fired. The shot went through Hollins’ left shoulder area and lodged in his chest.
Ouimette hadn’t activated his body camera, saying that he didn’t think about it until seeing another officer do so, according to the records. The lieutenant has been on leave since the incident.
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