Edmond officials decline to meet with parents of teen fatally shot by police
Edmond city officials said Friday they will not meet with the parents of an unarmed teenager who was shot to death by police last month and instructed the couple that any future communications should be between the family’s attorney and the city’s attorney.
"It seems that your requested meeting would accomplish little and might interfere in the investigations," Edmond City Manager Larry Stevens and Edmond Police Chief J.D. Younger wrote in a letter to Vicki and Troy Lewis. "We all want the matters decided in an objective and fair manner for all concerned. In due course, everyone will know all of the facts."
The couple’s 17-year-old son, Isaiah, was fatally shot April 29 after police said he broke into a home and assaulted officers who had followed him inside. Use of a Taser didn’t stop him, police said. He was reportedly naked and unarmed.
The officers, Sgt. Milo Box and officer Denton Scherman, are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the shooting.
A group of people who were angered by the shooting marched through the city in protest earlier this month, and the executive director of Black Lives Matter OKC called for the officers involved to be held “fully accountable for their actions.”
The parents sent a letter to city officials Wednesday asking to meet to discuss what happened to their son. City officials said the letter, which was sent by the couple's attorney on their behalf, appeared to be "an attempt to influence the media and to try to paint us and the city of Edmond in a bad light." They accused the couple's attorney of posturing for litigation.
Andrew M. Stroth, a Chicago attorney who is representing Vicki and Troy Lewis, said he would share the city's response with the couple.
"We are disappointed that (city officials) will not meet with the family in good faith," Stroth said Friday. "The family's objective is simple, and that's to get answers and truth, and if the city wants to hide behind their legal counsel, that's fine. But the famiy's going to fight for justice."
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Edmond officials said the criminal investigation is nearly complete. Jenny Wagnon, a spokeswoman for the police department, said their lead investigator is scheduled to meet with Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater's office Monday morning.