Black Caucus on Police Shooting in VA Beach: Donovon Lynch Should Still Be Alive
NO ACCOUNTABILITY. The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus released the statement below on Dec. 7, 2022 regarding the killing of Donovon Lynch 🌹 on March 26, 2021 by Virginia Beach Police Officer Solomon Simmons. In a violation of Virginia Beach Police Department policy, Simmons had his body worn camera turned off when he shot and killed Donovon Lynch, 25. Media reports featured a witness who told a much different version of events than the one the Virginia Beach Police Officer put forward last year.
BLACK CAUCUS: DONOVON “SHOULD STILL BE ALIVE TODAY.” An attorney for Donovon Lynch’s family, Justin Fairfax, who served as Virginia’s 41st Lt. Governor, and the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus are united in saying, “there has been no accountability — either civil or criminal,” for the killing of Donovon Lynch by an officer of the Virginia Beach Police Department. Fairfax spoke on the lack of accountability from Virginia Beach on Oct. 11, 2022. The Black Caucus and Fairfax say Donovon “should still be alive today.” Virginia’s Black Caucus is chaired by Del. Lamont Bagby. It’s been 622 days since Officer Simmons killed Lynch.
Full Dec. 7, 2022 statement:
Many Black elected officials, community leaders and hundreds of others attended Donovon Lynch’s funeral on April 2, 2021. His cousin, Pharrell Williams said, “Virginia Beach you need to talk, you need to talk, talk about your issues… the misinformation, the mischaracterizations.”
Donovon Lynch received an Associate's degree from the City College of San Francisco and a Bachelor's degree from University of Virginia at Wise.
A documentary below on Donovon Lynch was produced by Channel 13 News.
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