Racine community calls for justice two months after Donte Shannon's death
RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- More than 60 people gathered at West Park in Racine Saturday to call for justice, two months after Donte Shannon was shot and killed by police. Many focused not only on their anger, but how they can work together to move forward and create change.
Donte Shannon's family believes the use of deadly force was not necessary.
“I don't wish this pain on nobody,” Shannon’s Mother Vivian Johnson said. “This smile, there's pain behind it.”
The 26-year-old was shot by two Racine Police officers multiple times on January 17 after they say he showed a weapon. Authorities say Shannon was running from a traffic stop. But, many at Saturday's event are calling for justice.
“Racine, the work that is to be done, is going to be done by everybody,” Speaker Carl Fields said.
Donte’s father, Nakia Shannon wants to preserve his son’s legacy.
“We want him to be able to know that his name made change,” Nakia Shannon said.
After an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the death of Donte Shannon is now in the hands of the Racine County District Attorney. Shannon’s family expects to hear from the District Attorney soon with her decision on whether to file charges against the two officers.
"I just need answers it's been 60 days, too long,” Johnson said.
No matter the outcome from the District Attorney, Shannon’s parents say they’ll continue to fight.
“Supreme Court, Federal Court because you’re only one step of a branch,” Nakia Shannon said.
The family will be holding a community prayer for Donte Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. outside of the Racine Police Department.