UNEDITED PRESS RELEASE: The Jackson County Grand Jury convened this week to consider the August 8, 2019, officer involved shooting that took place in Moss Point, Mississippi, resulting in the death of Toussaint Diamon Sims. The Grand Jury returned a No True Bill in this matter, clearing the Moss Point police officer of any criminal wrongdoing.
Here’s the full grand jury report:
Attorneys for the family sent the following statement:
“The family of Diamon Sims is disappointed by the grand jury’s determination that the officer’s conduct did not rise to the level of criminal wrongdoing when he shot and killed him.
We will continue our pursuit of justice for the family which will include a civil lawsuit against the officer and Moss Point Police Department. Now that the grand jury process has concluded, we are hopeful that the body camera video at the center of this case will be released to the public. The community deserves to see for themselves the clear evidence in this case. “
Brian Dunn of The Cochran Firm – Los Angeles, attorney for the family of Diamon Sims:
MOSS POINT, Miss. (WKRG/WLOX) — The family of a man shot and killed by police in Moss Point wants to hold police accountable.
Toussaint Diamon Sims’ family and lawyer held a vigil and rally Sunday night, demanding justice for his life. Our CBS affiliate WLOX was there.
“I just want justice. That’s it,” said Sims’ father.
Sims was shot and killed Thursday night by a Moss Point police officer.
“We are here to seek justice for his untimely death,” said Sims’ family attorney, Carlos Moore.
Friends, family and community members gathered to remember the 27-year-old, all while demanding answers.
“Five times in the back, I still ain’t heard what he did for five times in the back. My child,” said Keena Sims, Diamon Sims’ mother.
Sims was wanted for several warrants and was found at a store in Pascagoula on Thursday. Police say they attempted to arrest him there, but he drove off in his car. His car eventually stopped working in Moss Point, and he started running. Police say he “displayed a firearm in a threatening manner,” which prompted the officer to shoot.
That’s something Moore disputes, citing multiple witnesses.
“She saw when he got out of the vehicle running as fast as he could with nothing in his hands, nothing, and I repeat nothing in his hands. Nothing that could be construed as a weapon, and no weapon for sure was in his hands,” said Moore.
His family, angry for the pain they’ve experienced.
“I hope you can’t never sleep, because this is uncalled for. He had a family,” said his mother.
Moore is demanding the officer involved, and the police chief be fired immediately. The lawyer has released the name of the officer, but the Moss Point police department has not yet released that name.
Moore tells WLOX he has not spoken with the police department but has conducted his own investigation.
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