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A preliminary investigation determined the 47-year-old was fatally shot after police chased him into an alley shortly after midnight Thursday on Throop Avenue, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said.
Investigators have remained tight-lipped about what led to the shooting, but witnesses said police were investigating drug activity in the area and jumped out of their vehicle with guns drawn.
Now, protestors are calling for action from an independent authority like the state or the FBI and not the Middlesex County prosecutor.
New Brunswick police stood guard as about two dozens protestors gathered on the step’s of City Hall. Some were waiving wooden sticks, dismissing reports that the officers who shot Deloatch claimed he was caring one.
“They’re making up their own story, but the truth is they chased the man around there and shot him,” said his brother Benny Deloatch. “They’re trying to fix it up to make it look different, but everyone can see.”
Relatives said Deloatch was unarmed.
Protestors chanted “no justice, no peace” and “enough is enough.”
Deloatch was killed on the same street where police officers fatally shot an unarmed man 20 years ago igniting racial tensions in the city.
The investigation is ongoing.
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