JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Dear of a man who was shot and killed by the Jacksonville police last week at a hotel in Argyle Forest, and the family’s lawyer spoke on Tuesday and demanded a transparent investigation and release of all video of the incident that exists.
Attorney Marwan Porter and loved ones said at a news conference that Michael Hughes, 32, was the father of two little boys and a good person who had a mental illness.
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The sheriff’s office said both Wing and another officer responding to the hotel were wearing body camera video. Porter also said his understanding is that in addition to body cameras, there were dashboard cameras and hotel surveillance, so that’s why he and his family are calling for the release of all footage.
There was a domestic dispute between Hughes and his girlfriend at the hotel on March 30, and according to JSO Chief of Investigations TK Waters, officers were called to the hotel several times, the first time around 6:30 and the last time shortly after noon. 12.30
At the time, according to Waters, Hughes had forced himself back into the room after leaving earlier, and when two officers arrived, Hughes refused to leave. Waters said officers tried to take Hughes into custody and that there was more than 60 seconds of fighting with one of the officers, during which time Hughes shouted that he would kill him. Hughes’ girlfriend, Dawn Johnson, denied at Tuesday’s press conference that Hughes shouted, “I’ll kill you, I’ll kill you.”
According to Waters, Hughes gained control of Wing’s Taser and stunned him once, after which the officer fired several shots. Hughes struck again at the officer, and the officer fired several shots, Waters said.
When Hughes collapsed, Waters said, the officer operated on him and performed CPR until rescue workers arrived and determined he was dead.
“Right now I do not know how to handle anything. It should not go that way. It should never go that way. I miss him so much, ”said Hughes’ girlfriend. “We had our problems, we argued, things were frustrating, but I loved that man, and he loved me.”
Hughes’ father, Timothy Hughes, said his eldest son was shot in the head, chest, abdomen and buttocks.
“Why did the police take the footage from the motels and the backup footage from the motels? I want to see them. I want to see what they did to my son, ”he said. “I would also like to know why the police have two Tasers, two pepper sprays and two batons, but they could not arrest a black man without violence and no weapon. I want to know why they could not arrest a black man who had all these things under his arsenal. These are things I want to know, and I want to see that the footage from my son was alive, to the time he lived, to the time he laid on the ground. ”
Johnson demanded to know “why should they shoot him so many times?”
“I feel guilty because I called the police for help,” she said.
Porter insisted that Hughes was not a violent man, but “quarreled with his girlfriend, and now he’s dead.” Porter said a non-violent domestic dispute “should not be a death sentence.”
The family’s lawyer said that if all the evidence is released and it appears that the police have acted lawfully, the family will accept this, but if they find officers behaving inappropriately, they will pursue justice in the courts.
Wing, who has been with JSO for two years, has slightly minor injuries in the incident. He was put on administrative leave during the investigation, which is the standard procedure. The other officer did not fire his weapon.
JSO sent News4Jax the following statement regarding Tuesday’s news conference:
“As you know, Chief Waters shared the information available shortly after the incident. This remains an active investigation, both within the JSO and externally through the Attorney General’s Office. There has been no new information available for release at this time, as such we will respectfully decline an interview. ”
Porter said he has already requested access to all surveillance video and has yet to hear anything from the agency.
This was the third police-involved shooting in Jacksonville in 2021 and the second that ended in a death.
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