Still no answers in fatal shooting by Aurora police officer

From The Denver Post:  More than a month after an unarmed black man was shot and killed by an Aurora police officer, little remains known about the circumstances of the shooting.

Naeschylus Vinzant, 37, was shot once in the chest by Officer Paul Jerothe. On March 6, law enforcement spotted Vinzant, a parole violator with a lengthy criminal history, walking in the 16200 block of East 12th Avenue.

Police have said virtually nothing about the case, including the reason why Jerothe shot Vinzant. At the time, Vinzant was wanted in connection with a domestic violence incident that included kidnapping, robbery and assault. He had absconded from his parole four days before he was shot and had removed his Department of Corrections ankle monitor.

Laneiasha Butler, the mother of three of Vinzant’s children, two boys ages 9 and 11 and a 10-year-old girl, told The Denver Post last week that it’s been a difficult time because she hasn’t received any information about why Vinzant was shot.

“We just want to know,” she said. “That’s it, as if it were someone of their people (police), someone they loved.”

She said Vinzant’s fatal shooting, along with others involving police and people of color across the country, have made coping even harder.

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