LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The family of a Louisville man who was shot and killed by police in 2016 are continuing to seek justice for their loved one.
57-year-old Darnell Wicker was shot a year ago but his family still has questions about the death that was ruled justified.
Sunday, more than 30 friends and family met under the Big Four bridge with community activist Christopher 2X to remember Wicker.
“Regardless of any negativity that has been brought upon his name and what he has went through I just wanted to say I love my dad very much,” Wicker’s daughter, Dominique Wicker, said.
Darnell Wicker was shot and killed by LMPD officers Aug. 8, 2016 after officers responded to a domestic violence call at the Broadleaf Arms Apartments.
Wicker was shot 14 times.
The Jefferson Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine cleared the three officers of any wrongdoing and that their actions were justified.
“I am very upset because my father had to die the way that he did. No one should have to die in a violent way regardless of what is going on around them,” Wicker’s daughter, Danielle Cleveland, said.
Members of Black Lives Matter and Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice – or SURJ – wore t-shirts with Wicker’s face on them to raise awareness for what they say is continued police brutality.
“What are you willing to do?” Chanelle Helm of Black Lives Matter questioned the crowd. “What are you willing to sacrifice to make sure that we don’t continue on with something that has continued on for ions what it seems like already?”
Wicker’s family has filed a wrongful death civil suit against the officers and has named LMPD Chief Steve Conrad as a defendant in the suit.
“We might not ever get the full truth but as long as we’re moving forward to some understanding of what happened is a good start,” Cleveland said.
Four charges remain in that civil lawsuit including wrongful death and unnecessary use of force.