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Inglewood residents demand federal probe

July 23, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Some people in Inglewood are calling for a federal probe into a deadly police shooting.Hundreds of residents packed the Inglewood City Council chambers Tuesday night and demanded answers.

They wanted to know why officer Brian Ragan shot and killed 38-year-old Kevin Wick on Monday morning, and they want to know why that officer was on the streets in the first place.

Police say they were responding to a disturbance call when wick answered the door with a gun. Wick's sister, however, says he was not armed and that police went to the wrong apartment.

"He was not in a family dispute," said Wicks' sister Nadia B. "He was just coming home, he just came home. They got the wrong call, wrong apartment and wrong everything."

Wick's grandmother Dorothy Nelson was also among the crowd Tuesday night.

"My daughter is too distraught, that's the reason I'm standing here for her, because she can't come. This was too devastating to her, and the only thing that I'm asking is for justice," she said.

Officer Ragan had just returned to duty after another deadly officer involved shooting several weeks ago. Ragan is a five-year member of the department. He was put on leave in May after being part of a shooting in which a 19-year-old man died at a restaurant near Crenshaw Blvd. and 85th St. in Inglewood.

Ragan has been placed on administrative leave for the second time in 10 weeks. Inglewood police say Ragan is still being investigated for the May shooting, but had been cleared for duty recently.

Eyewitness News Reporters Carlos Granda and Robert Holguin contributed to this report.

 

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