A Cherry Hill police officer killed a man around 2 p.m. on Tuesday near the 3000 block of Chapel Avenue West in the Camden County community but authorities have not released many details.
Authorities have not identified the man who died and police have not explained what led up to the shooting.
The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office is handling the investigation as it does with all fatal police-involved shootings but the lack of transparency has raised concerns.
A Minneapolis Police Department press release from the day of George Floyd’s death, that went viral following Derek Chauvin’s conviction on murder charges, made no mention of the kind of force officers used on the 46-year-old Black man.
Instead, the release stated, “Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance where he died a short time later.”
Marissa Hawk told Brandon Goldner of CBS3 Eyewitness News, that she was coming home from school around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when she noticed a single police car in front of the house where the shooting happened.
“Then I left my house, went to the bank 30 minutes later, and there were 12 [police cars],” Hawk said. “I’ve grown up in Cherry Hill practically my whole life. There’s never been anything like this before.”