Protest calls for action after death of Terrance Kellom

Activists in Detroit are calling attention to the tactics of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, and calling for action after an officer fatally shot a person. 

The agents were conducting a raid on Kellom's home earlier this month when officers say the 20-year-old charged at an agent with a hammer. Kellom's family says he did not have a weapon. 

Protestors say this is not just about Kellom; this is about what they are calling a very disturbing trend across the country. 

"At the end of the day, we have a national problem., not just something that's related to ICE or Detroit. It's an issue in which black bodies, black souls, have been dehumanized to the point that it seems very easy for law enforcement to just kill black men, even when there's a so-called hammer - which, eye witnesses tell us there wasn't even a hammer in the hand of Mr. Kellom - at a distance where a clip is unloaded into his body," says Dawud Walid of The Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan Chapter.

The Black Lives Matter movement and the Fight for Immigration Reform are calling for charges brought against the ICE agent involved, and for federal oversight in the investigation. Details of the investigation have been withheld from the public, and demonstrators want to know why. They rallied outside the immigration office in Detroit Friday. 

They're also calling for a cut to federal funding until the ICE agents' roles are clearly defined. They  wrote a letter to Barbara McQuade wanting her to look into whether or not it was even legal for ICE agents to serve this warrant and to conduct this raid. They want to know whether ICE acted outside of its jurisdiction.


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