Oklahoma City, OK — Isaiah Mark Lewis, 17, was going to graduate high school in just over two weeks. However, he’ll never walk down that aisle now thanks to two police officers who put multiple rounds into the teen’s body Monday night. Lewis was unarmed and naked when Edmond police ended his life during a confrontation.
“He was not armed,” Vicki Lewis, Isaiah’s mother said. “He didn’t deserve to die the way that he did. He didn’t deserve to die, period.”
According to police, they were responding to a 911 call over a domestic disturbance.
“Two girls, two white ladies,” the 911 caller said. “I guess the boyfriend is beating up on one of them.”
One of those girls was Lewis’ girlfriend Kamri Pollock who was one of the last people to see Lewis alive.
“My boyfriend just flipped out,” Pollock said on the 911 call, that she didn’t make. “I have no idea what is going on.”
Pollock told police that Lewis was not acting like himself — likely in the midst of a drug-induced psychosis. Although she admitted the two had an argument, she denies that Lewis ever hit her and noted that the pizza delivery driver — who called police because of the couple’s argument — was out of line.
“She [delivery driver] starts screaming and she was screaming for somebody to call 911,” Pollock would later tell KFOR. “I don’t think they [police] needed to get involved at all. Like when the neighbor was on the phone with them, I tried to stay calm and tried to take her phone from her and she was like no don’t take my phone from me.”
Pollack even went so far as to demand the police issue a retraction over the claims that Lewis attacked her.
According to police, witnesses saw Lewis throw drugs over a fence before running naked through a backyard and trying to break into a stranger’s home to hide.
Responding officers, 56-year-old Sgt. Milo Box and 24-year-old Officer Denton Scherman pursued Lewis on foot. When they caught up to him in the home, Lewis was hiding in a bedroom. Instead of trying to get the scared teen out peacefully, officers confronted him and Lewis reportedly resisted officers and a violent confrontation ensued.
The officers said they attempted to taser Lewis, but then had no other option but to resort to deadly force and shoot the 17-year-old soon to be high school graduate. Lewis was naked and unarmed when he was killed by police.
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“Both officers were violently assaulted during this confrontation inside the house,” Jenny Wagnon from the Edmond Police Department said.
As for Lewis’ family, they will have to take the word of the department on this one since neither of the officers were wearing a body camera.
“Our department is in the process of issuing body cameras later this year,” Wagnon said in a statement. “There are four issued for various officers to wear while on duty as we roll out our system, but none involved in the OIS were wearing a body camera.”
“I would think that a police department would be trained to handle situations like that,” T. Sheri Dickerson with Black Lives Matter said.
But they were not. Lewis likely took some synthetic drug and was in need of professional help. Sadly, however, he got two police officers instead.
According to Newsone, Lewis’ family said the cops’ narrative amounted to character assassination that may have also been a tactic to control the legal process that was expected to follow the shooting.
“They don’t get to assassinate my son’s character,” Vicki Lewis said during a press conference on Wednesday.
Vicki is now demanding that the truth of the case come out, especially considering the fact that just two months ago, the same police department was able to peacefully arrest a white teenager who had just murdered both of his parents.
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Elijah Walker was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and was accused of shooting his parents “multiple times,” News 9 reported at the time. After murdering his parents, Walker also had a handgun in possession, yet the very same department that killed Lewis, never fired a single shot when taking him in.
“He doesn’t get to graduate May 18th like he could have,” Vicki Lewis said. “He didn’t go to the prom.”