Press conference issues call for new review of Kellom death after testimony from DPD officer

Posted at 5:21 PM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-08 18:45:28-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — It was an emotional scene outside the federal courthouse downtown with an attorney for the family of Terrance Kellom and local civil rights leaders all asking the WCPO or the state attorney general to reopen the case into Kellom’s death.

The young father was shot and killed by ICE agent Mitchell Quinn in April 2015, and had initially been reported by police to have been wielding a hammer. Yet, new testimony by DPD Officer Darrel Fitzgerald stated that during the raid there was no hammer and no attack to warrant a shooting.

“It is outrageous justice has been denied to this family for four years, and now we are asking for an independent review to help us find the truth,” says family attorney Nabih Ayad who was joined by ACLU and NAACP leaders.

A letter from Prosecutor Kym Worthy has promised to review the new findings to determine if more action is required. A civil case is still unfolding in the meantime. Ayad says, “the lack of fingerprints on a hammer at the scene is more reason to look at this again as well.”

So far, the state attorney general has declined comment.