Last week former Bengals running back David “Deacon” Turner was shot and killed by police officers in the presence of two of his teenage children. Now two of his older children are facing criminal charges for their actions in the wake of the shooting.
Bakersfield.com reports that 25-year-old Ahmod Turner and 24-year-old Whittney Turner were arraigned on charges including making criminal threats and participation in a criminal street gang.
The charges stem from a confrontation in a hospital parking lot early Sunday morning, shortly after after David Turner was pronounced dead. Hospital security says that police were called when one of the members of the Turner family said there was a gun in the parking lot, and the first deputy to arrive was “rushed” by family members.
The Turner family says no threats were made, there was no reason for the arrest and there was no justification for the shooting. The Turners have hired an attorney.
Without knowing more details, it’s hard to assess this latest twist to the story, but it’s obviously understandable that Turner’s children were extremely upset that their father had just been shot and killed in what sounds like a case of the police using excessive force. One would hope that after an incident like that, the police would treat the family of the deceased with compassion.