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Wayne County prosecutor will not charge Detroit officers in fatal shooting last summer of Black man

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Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Last summer Detroit police officers shot and killed Hakim Littleton. Now, investigators are releasing their findings.

Members of the Detroit Police Department encountered Littleton during a search for a person of interest related to a prior violent crime.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says Littleton shot at police before he was killed.“The officers in this case acted with lawful self-defense, in self of others, and thus there will be no charges in this particular case,” Worthy said.

But those close with the 20-year-old Littleton dispute the prosecutor’s conclusions. Noloyiso Maat Bey is his aunt. She said law enforcement demonized her nephew from the start.

“Just imagine you’re just walking down the street minding your business, except for being Black, and you have all these guns pointed at you,” she said.

Worthy says the Michigan State Police investigated the killing. She says the county’s independent Public Integrity Unit re-investigated the incident before a decision was made.

Lloyd Simpson is a member of Detroit Will Breathe.
“We want a DOJ investigation. We want an investigation from Nessel. We want an investigation from anybody who’s interested in an end to systemic racism. Because that’s why Hakim Littleton is dead,” Simpson said.

Members of Littleton’s family are also calling for the Michigan attorney general’s office to review the case.