Calls for Justice in Kilyn Lewis Case Continue at Open Mic Night

Calls for Justice in Kilyn Lewis Case Continue at Open Mic Night

DENVER — A four-day “week of action” continued Tuesday night in memory of Kilyn E. Lewis, 37.

Lewis, who was unarmed, was shot and killed by an Aurora SWAT officer when Lewis pulled an object from his pocket — later determined to be a cellphone — during an attempted arrest on May 23, according to body camera video released last month.

The Justice for Kilyn Lewis Action Team is coordinating events to bring attention to Lewis’ death. Supporters gathered at Tequila Blues in Denver Tuesday night for an open mic night. Several attendees spoke about justice and accountability.

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Lewis was wanted for attempted murder in connection with a shooting in Denver on May 5 near East 48th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard that injured a man walking in the area. Lewis was shot as police tried to serve him with an arrest warrant. He died two days later at a hospital.

Body camera footage shows members of the Aurora SWAT team surrounding Lewis with guns drawn and ordering him to get on the ground. Lewis then walked toward the driver’s side of his vehicle as officers continued to yell at him to obey orders.

The video then shows Lewis momentarily moving his right hand out of the officers’ line of sight as he reaches for an object, later revealed to be a cellphone. That’s when Officer Michael Dieck fires a single shot before Lewis is heard repeatedly yelling to police, “I got nothing!” as he falls to the ground.

“Nobody is above the law,” said Kiawa Lewis, Kilyn Lewis’ older brother. “This officer is not above the law, so he needs to pay for what he did.”

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Lewis’ family said they plan to sue the Aurora Police Department.

“We are trying to stop police brutality, which is killing our young men and our older men without using their training techniques,” said LaRonda Jones, Kilyn Lewis’ mother.

Absolute Word Church and Kirk of Bonnie Brae United Church of Christ will hold a community worship service Wednesday at 7 p.m. There will be a rally and march Thursday starting at 7 p.m. at the Aurora Civic Center.


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