GAITHERSBURG, Md. — A grand jury has declined to indict Gaithersburg Police officers for the death of 24-year-old Kwamena Ocran.
In Jan. 2021, Ocran was shot and killed by Gaithersburg Police after police officers initially said they received a call saying there was a man with a gun. Upon arrival, the department said officers identified themselves, Ocran ran, they shot him and later found a gun.
There is no video to show us what happened as a detective told the Howard County prosecutor that all four officers were in "plain clothes" and were not wearing body-worn cameras.
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According to court documents, four officers were involved in the deadly shooting, all of whom belonged to the Street Crimes Unit of the Gaithersburg Police Department.
A detective told the Howard County prosecutor the officers decided to arrest Ocran, going off of a tip that Ocran had a gun on him. When the officers approved him in the parking lot of an apartment complex, Ocran ran. The detective said officers chased him and claimed Ocran pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the officers. All four opened fire on Ocran, hitting him multiple times and killing him.
In a release Thursday, the State's Attorney's Office says a grand jury declined to indict the officers involved in the deadly shooting after several months and days of presentations in Montgomery County.
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Supporters of Kwamena Ocran and Ryan Leroux march through the streets of Gaithersburg to protest the two men's deaths at the hands of police.
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