LOS ANGELES – The community is demanding justice for a father of five who was killed in an accident involving a group of suspects trying to evade officers during a police chase.
On August 19, Jamarae Keyes, 38, and his passenger Janisha Harris, 35, were both killed in a crash in South Los Angeles with a driver trying to get away from police.
Keyes’ widow, Tanya Keyes, told FOX 11 that her heart was still hurting days after the horrific crash.
“He didn’t speed up and it wasn’t him they were chasing,” Ms Tanya Keyes said. “It was just an innocent person who drove on the green light, as it should, and lost his life.”
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At first, the Los Angeles Police Department said the crash was not caused by a police pursuit, but the police report itself makes it clear that the department’s Seventh Patrol Unit was in pursuit. a vehicle at the time of the accident.
“It was a lie,” said community activist Najee Ali. “It wasn’t the truth.”
Ali demands transparency from the LAPD.
“We can’t let the department say one thing that they weren’t after her,” Ali said. “And then we find out later, according to their own records, that they were indeed after them.”
Lawyer Jasmine Mines represents the Keyes and Harris families. Mines is asking the LAPD to release body camera footage of the chase and the crash.
“Not posting it begs the question, ‘Were they negligent? Were they reckless? Do they know they were? ‘” Mines said.
“I just want to make sure we get justice for him,” Ms Tanya Keyes said.
While Jamarae Keyes leaves behind five children, Harris leaves behind two children after the fatal accident.