Mother of man killed by police raises questions about officer’s actions

Updated: Dec. 18, 2019 at 5:55 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The mother of a man killed by police in Campbell Industrial Park is raising questions about the officer’s actions, and her son’s final moments.

The encounter was caught on the officer’s body-worn camera, and the mother says the video doesn’t match the police chief’s statements about what happened.

In her first interview since seeing the video, Mary Brown questioned if her son had a knife in his hand when he was shot by a police officer.

“They say my son lunged out to attack the officer,” she said. “But his hands was on top of the moped.”

The mother of a man killed by police in Campbell Industrial Park is raising questions about the...
The mother of a man killed by police in Campbell Industrial Park is raising questions about the officer's actions, and her son's final moments(Mary Brown)

Brown added that she wasn’t surprised to learn her son was hanging out near Deep Draft Harbor early Tuesday morning.

“It’s where he would go to clear his mind,” she said.

However, she was left stunned by a middle of the night call from the medical examiner telling her son wouldn’t be coming home.

“It’s hard. It’s really hard,” she said.

Dana Brown was her middle child and only boy.

[Read more: Body cam footage shows what led up to fatal officer-involved shooting in West Oahu]

She says she’d just spent time with the 27-year-old on Monday, hours before he was killed.

“We were cooking. He loves to cook. He always helped me cook,” said Mary Brown.

On Wednesday, she was still trying to wrap her head around the events that led up to her son being shot by police during a traffic stop early Tuesday.

The officer’s body worn camera captured the end of a foot chase in which Dana Brown pulls out a knife and repeatedly ignores demands to drop the weapon while trying to start a moped to try to flee.

The officer initially tried to subdue Brown with a Taser, but both attempts failed.

Mary Brown says she knows why her son tried to get away from police. Records show that he was wanted for missing court in a domestic violence case.

“He knows he has a warrant. It’s a minor one. That’s the reason why he ran,” she said.

But she questions the use of lethal force saying her son looks to be unarmed in the moments leading up to the officer firing four rounds.

“What Chief Ballard says happened and what the video says, it doesn’t match,” she said. “Why did you have to shoot to kill? I think one bullet would have been enough.”

Ballard defended the actions of the officer during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

“All of this could have been avoided if the suspect had simply obeyed and complied with the officers orders,” she said. “There is not one officer on this force that goes out there and ever wants to take anybody’s life.”

Meanwhile, Brown also questions why the officer didn’t have back-up or his radio. Ballard said in that news conference that officer had to retrieve that radio in order to call an ambulance.

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