UPDATE: The original title of this article stated that officers "broke in to" Lewis' home and this was incorrect. We apologize for the incorrect information. The officers were let in, as originally stated in the article.
Columbus, OH — Disturbing body camera footage was released this week in Columbus, Ohio as part of a push for transparency in the city. The calls for transparency come as Columbus police officers shot three people in just one week. One of those people was 20-year-old Donovan Lewis who was undressed, in bed, and was attempting to raise his hands when he received a fatal, taxpayer-funded 9mm round to the chest.
For some reason, Columbus police thought it was a good idea to serve an arrest warrant at 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Lewis' apartment. Footage shows multiple officers outside Lewis' door knocking for several minutes before one of the man's roommates opens the door. Moments later, officers would open the door to Lewis' bedroom and execute him.
One of the officers was 30-year veteran Ricky Anderson who was handling a K-9. As the video shows, multiple officers enter the apartment with guns drawn before making their way to the bedroom of Lewis.
"We're gonna send that dog in," one of the officers says in the video.
Lewis was asleep in the back bedroom and as cops push open his door and startle him out of his slumber, he sits up in bed before Anderson puts a round in his chest.
"He had something in his hand," an officer yells in an attempt to justify the execution. But Lewis was not armed. The only thing found in his bedroom was a vape pen.
After they shot him, Anders writhes in agony in his bed as officer continue to scream at him to "show me your hands." Likely scared that he'd be shot again, Lewis tries to comply with their orders but cannot.
"Hands" an officer yells repeatedly for several seconds before telling Lewis to "crawl out here!" But Lewis, with a bullet in his chest, could not crawl.
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As Lewis struggles to hold on to the last moments of his life, one of the officers yells, "I'm going in, cover me," as if he's in a warzone. In reality, however, he was walking into a dying unarmed man's bedroom.
"Put your hands behind your back, now!" an officer screams at the dying man.
Lewis, unable to comply as he bleeds out in his bed, is then told to "stop resisting," as his executioners force his body into handcuffs.
No medical aid was given to Lewis in his apartment. Officers did not even attempt to stop the bleeding until after he was dragged from his apartment. By then, however, it was too late. Nearly an hour after entering the apartment, Lewis would be brought to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:19 a.m.
When asked why police would serve an arrest warrant in the middle of the night, Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9 President Jeff Simpson said it gives officers a tactical advantage.
"They're trying to do the very best they can," Simpson said. "Sometimes, you have the best tactical advantage at night."
As TFTP has reported numerous times, however, early morning raids do nothing but add confusion and danger to the interactions as individuals are usually asleep and do not realize that the intruders are police.
Though Lewis wasn't armed at all, the fact that cops barged into his bedroom at 2:30 a.m. created a dangerous scenario for both Lewis and the officers. All too many times, we've seen officers shot and innocent individuals killed as a result of these dangerous raids.
Lewis, who was wanted on a warrant for improperly handling a firearm, assault, and domestic violence will never have his day in court and his parents will now live the rest of their lives knowing police killed their unarmed child — all because they decided to go to his home at 2:30 a.m.