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Family of man shot while naked views police body cam video

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The sister of a Virginia man who was fatally shot by police after he ran naked onto an interstate highway said Wednesday that the officer’s body-camera video shows her brother was unarmed and “clearly in distress.”

Princess Blanding said the video she watched at Richmond police headquarters shows her brother, Marcus-David Peters, was having some kind of mental health problem when the officer confronted him on May 14.

“Marcus did not deserve to be killed. He needed help,” Blanding said.

Police said Peters struck three vehicles with his car, emerged naked and ran onto Interstate 95 in Richmond during the late afternoon rush hour.

They said he then charged at an officer, who initially used his stun gun to try to subdue him, and then fired his service weapon when the electric shock proved ineffective. Peters died hours later at a hospital.

Chief Alfred Durham invited the family to view the body-cam recording as well as video from surveillance cameras in the area. Durham also has said he plans to publicly release the video, but no date has been set yet.

A police spokesman had no immediate comment on the sister’s remarks.

Blanding said her brother — a 24-year-old high school science teacher — had no known mental health issues. She said his behavior on Interstate 95 and during his encounter with police was completely out of character. He graduated with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016 and became a teacher because of his passion for education.

Blanding, who has questioned whether deadly force was necessary in her brother’s case, said viewing the video didn’t change her opinion. She said police need more training on non-lethal alternatives.

“Our officers have to be trained in different ways,” she said. “The answer can’t always be ‘I have a gun, and I’m going to go for a gun.’ “

The family’s attorney, Jonathan Halperin, said the officer can be heard on the video acknowledging that Peter was having a psychological episode. “He said, ‘we’re dealing with a mental issue’ or something like that,” Halperin said.

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Family of naked man fatally shot by police in Va. views body cam video

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The family of a Virginia man who was fatally shot by police after he ran naked onto an interstate highway has viewed body-camera footage of the incident.

The sister of Marcus-David Peters said the video she watched Wednesday shows her brother was clearly in distress and needed help. She said police need additional training to give them alternatives to the use of deadly force.

Police have said Peters struck three vehicles with his car, emerged naked and ran onto Interstate 95 in Richmond during rush hour May 14. They said an officer used his stun gun after Peters charged him, then fired his service weapon at Peters after the stun gun proved ineffective.

Chief Alfred Durham has said he plans to publicly release the video. No date has been set.

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Cary St. Cafe to co-host benefit in efforts to raise money for propane accident victims

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Cary St. Cafe will be co-hosting a benefit on May 20 to raise money for the owner and two of its employees severely burned in a propane accident.  Westlake Legal Group cary-st-cafe-to-co-host-benefit-in-efforts-to-raise-money-for-propane-accident-victims Cary St. Cafe to co-host benefit in efforts to raise money for propane accident victims richmond

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Free Memorial Day activities at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture

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The Virginia Museum of History and Culture will host a Memorial Day event centered around family-friendly activities. Westlake Legal Group free-memorial-day-activities-at-the-virginia-museum-of-history-and-culture Free Memorial Day activities at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture richmond

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Woman shot in Richmond’s east end; death investigation underway

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A death investigation is underway after a woman was found shot in Richmond’s east end Friday night. Officers responded to the 2500 block of Peter Paul Boulevard just after 10 p.m. for reports of shots fired.  Once on scene, officers located an adult female dead from a gunshot wound.. Police have not released any information on a possible motive or suspect. Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Copyright … Westlake Legal Group woman-shot-in-richmonds-east-end-death-investigation-underway Woman shot in Richmond's east end; death investigation underway shooting richmond

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21-year-old woman shot, killed in Richmond’s East End

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Police have identified a woman who was shot and killed in Richmond’s East End on Friday night. Westlake Legal Group 21-year-old-woman-shot-killed-in-richmonds-east-end 21-year-old woman shot, killed in Richmond's East End shooting richmond

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Woman shot, killed in Richmond’s East End; death investigation underway

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A death investigation is underway after a woman was found shot in Richmond’s east end Friday night. Officers responded to the 2500 block of Peter Paul Boulevard just after 10 p.m. for reports of shots fired.  Once on scene, officers located an adult female dead from a gunshot wound.. Police have not released any information on a possible motive or suspect. Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Copyright … Westlake Legal Group woman-shot-killed-in-richmonds-east-end-death-investigation-underway Woman shot, killed in Richmond's East End; death investigation underway shooting richmond

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Mother says officers used excessive force on teen son with autism

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A mother is speaking out after she says the Richmond police used excessive force with her 14-year-old son who has autism. Westlake Legal Group mother-says-officers-used-excessive-force-on-teen-son-with-autism Mother says officers used excessive force on teen son with autism richmond

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2 infants dead after being found in car in apparent accident

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say two infants who were apparently accidentally left unattended in a car have died.

Maj. Frank Carpenter with the Chesterfield County Police Department said Friday the vehicle the children were found in a day earlier is believed to belong to the children’s parents.

Carpenter says an investigation is still underway but police believe the incident was an accident. He declined to provide further details about the timeline of events.

Carpenter says the children, one boy and one girl, are believed to be twins. Both were around 5 months old.

Police are awaiting autopsy results from the medical examiner’s office.

A fire official said both children were hospitalized after being found in cardiac arrest. One was pronounced dead Thursday afternoon and the second died several hours later.

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Prosecutor investigating Richmond ssisted living facility, owner

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia assisted living facility and its owner, who has been accused in a report of stealing from the Social Security accounts of residents, are being investigated.

Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring confirmed Wednesday that his office and police are investigating Jones & Jones and its owner, Mable Jones.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Jones’ license was suspended by Virginia’s Board of Long-Term Care Administrators two weeks ago. The report included accusations that Jones stole from residents’ Social Security accounts to pay for vacations and casino gambling.

After the report was made public, the Social Security Administration also confirmed that it is looking into the matter.

The newspaper says Jones & Jones has received more than 200 violations from the state Department of Social Services in the past five years.

Jones declined to comment.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com

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