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Protesters march past police near the 12th precinct as the continue their march to where 20-year-old Hakeem Littleton was killed in a shootout with Detroit police earlier in the day, Friday July 10, 2020, in Detroit. (Nicole Hester/Ann Arbor News via AP)

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UPDATED 4:10 PM PT —Saturday, July 11, 2020

20-year-old Hakeem Littleton was shot and killed by Detroit police officers this weekend. Authorities released body cam footage shortly after Friday’s fatal shooting, which prompted demonstrations against the police.

A tweet urged protesters to gather nearly 30 minutes after the shooting. Witnesses who saw the incident recounted what allegedly happened at the scene.

“He walked into the store, got on his knees, put his hands up and said, ‘Don’t shoot,’” explained one witness. “They got to firing and shot him.”

Protesters demanded body cam footage, which was released immediately and showed otherwise.

“He reaches in his left pocket. As you can see, he’s leaning down. Right at this point, pulls out a gun and he fires directly at the officer. We believe, based on our investigation at that point, he fired two shots in quick succession.” – Chief James Craig, Detroit Police Department

The following footage could be considered graphic.

Detroit police stand in formation as protesters against police brutality march near where 20-year-old Hakeem Littleton was killed in a shootout with Detroit police earlier in the day, Friday July 10, 2020, in Detroit. (Nicole Hester/Ann Arbor News via AP)

According to Craig, officers were in the area to arrest a suspect on a separate felony drug warrant. The man in question, Darnelle Sylvester, raised his hands and showed no resistance while being arrested.

However, Littleton became upset with the arrest. After he opened fire, the three officers returned fire.

“A witness at the scene told investigators that Mr. Littleton stated, and I am not going to say exact verbiage, but basically ‘You’re not going to take my man,’” explained Craig. “In other words, the interpretation is take him into custody.”

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has voiced support for the police and their account of the incident, as well as their swift action in releasing the video.

Craig acknowledged their urgency to release the video came after erroneous claims were made. One report even claimed Littleton was shot more than a dozen times, when it was in fact four times.

The department announced it’s investigating the incident. All officers involved in the shooting have been put on administrative leave.

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