FILE: Rayam Investigation, NAACP called for FBI to Investigate
BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- (FILE: March 13, 2009)
On a dark alley in northwest Baltimore Police investigate a report of drug activity.
Moments later, shots ring out and 30-year old Shawn Cannady is hit.
He dies two days later.
Investigators say officer Jemell Rayam was forced to fire his weapon because the car struck his partner.
But Baltimore's NAACP is voicing concern.
That's because this is the third time that Officer Rayam has shot a suspect in the past 18-months.
In June of 2007 he shot and wounded a man during an exchange of gunfire in east Baltimore.
A few months later, Rayam shot and wounded another man during a traffic stop.
In both cases, the officer was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Doc Cheatham said, "The fact that you have an officer with three shootings in such a short period of time you know has to wave a flag."
So Marvin Doc Cheatham and two city delegates are calling on the F.B.I. to conduct an independent investigation of the latest shooting.
"Was there an opportunity for the officer to get out of the way of that particular vehicle if the vehicle was in fact coming at that particular officer?"
A city police spokesman has declined to comment on the current investigation.
But he says officers face a constant risk on city streets.