Prosecutors charged a Nashville cop who was seen in a graphic video gunning down a fleeing Black man, two months after the fatal shooting.
The district attorney’s office filed a criminal homicide charge against Officer Andrew Delke on Thursday for killing 25-year-old Daniel Hambrick—hitting him twice in the back and once in the back of the head, the Tennessean reported.
Delke surrendered to authorities but was released shortly on $25,000 bond. Meanwhile, the local police union has vowed to fight to the end in the officer’s defense.
On July 26, Delke approached the vehicle Hambrick was in, saying he believed it was the same car he said he saw earlier that day driving erratically, according to police investigators. Hambrick and two others fled from the officer.
Surveillance video, released by the prosecutor, showed 25-year-old Delke chasing Hambrick. The officer opens fire on Hambrick, who did not appear to turn toward Delke. After firing multiple times, the officer circled the dying man while continuing to point his weapon at him.
The Nashville Fraternal Order of Police argued that Delke was defending himself because he saw Hambrick holding a handgun during the chase. However, the video did not appear to show Hambrick carrying a weapon.
It’s rare for a Nashville police officer to face homicide charges in the line of duty. That hasn’t happened for decades, according to the newspaper.
In fact, Delke almost avoided the homicide charge when a magistrate judge told the district attorney earlier on Thursday that he presented insufficient evidence. But a general session judge reversed that ruling.
Twitter Reacts To Bill Cosby Being Sentenced To State Prison
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If you feel sorry for #BillCosby, keep walking past my mentions or expect an auto-block.— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) September 25, 2018
SEVENTY women of all races accused him of rape over 40yrs.
He finally got convicted of ONE.
FEEL SORRY FOR ALL THE WOMEN WHOSE LIVES HE DAMAGED.
Read about THEM herehttps://t.co/CMPbGOxiE7
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All I have to say is the same punishment needs to apply for all. If Bill Cosby is going to prison, so does:— Brandon Fluellen (@BMFluellen1) September 25, 2018
And the countless other sexual deviants too. pic.twitter.com/sk8gClRi9h
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Bill Cosby is no different than the Catholic Church-claiming Moral Authority in Public Space while committing the WORST abuses & betrayals of trust behind Closed Doors. I do not feel sorry for Cos. I feel sorry for THE WOMEN he’s hurt, & EVERYONE he’s betrayed.— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) September 25, 2018
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You’ll support Bill Cosby and R Kelly because you have a misplaced sense of loyalty to men who mean us harm.— Kelechi (@kelechnekoff) September 25, 2018
Actual mad ting.
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If somebody had told me 30 years ago that Donald Trump would be president and Bill Cosby would be in prison, I would’ve told them that they had lost their damned mind.— Captain Montego (@M3g4d37h) September 25, 2018
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Bill Cosby is anti-black, practiced respectability politics and a rapist and because you watched The Cosby Show growing up it's sad to see Cosby go like that? Fuck you, stop enabling rape culture and believe survivors.— Black Fat Queer (@FlamingFatQueer) September 25, 2018
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Anyone feeling sorry for Bill Cosby right now, has rapey tendencies.— Kelechi (@kelechnekoff) September 25, 2018
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America has always had an agenda to disgrace and discredit the black man #BillCosby— ♈️AriesQueen♈️ (@NiqsQueenDom) September 26, 2018
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I’ll never get how one can come from a marginalized people yet marginalize people. For all the joy he brought to folks it was ultimately incommensurate with the wickedness he wrought. Bill Cosby brought this on himself and, sadly in 3-10 years his victims pain will still be there— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) September 25, 2018
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Bill Cosby admitted to drugging women before having sex with (raping) them and y’all continue to reach from here to Pluto to defend him bc it’s a “conspiracy to keep down the Black man” stop it.— 🐚𝕷𝖆𝕮𝖍𝖊𝖑𝖑𝖊🐅 (@lachellerising) September 25, 2018
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Please tweet your opinions on Bill Cosby so I’ll know who to unfollow because they support rapists.— meg griffin. (@_princessLan) September 25, 2018
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I’m happy Bill Cosby is behind bars but y’all gotta put the Harvey’s behind bars too. Like where tf are their ppl’s Justice?! Only the black guy right smfh— KatherineParadise (@KatParadise77) September 26, 2018
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Y'all do know it took thirteen years to get to this point with Bill Cosby? Folks act like he got arrested on Monday and sentenced on Wednesday. This was a very long time coming.— Ruby's Granddaughter (@lizzyemcee) September 25, 2018
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It’s really sad and concerning seeing some of the black community defending Bill Cosby, it makes you think they have something to hide to? Like I’m seeing man black man even just jump to call this racism. #WTF— D'Artagnan (Dexy86) Young 🦉 (@Dartagnan1986) September 26, 2018
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