Community seeks justice in Fong Lee shooting

“We are not here to make accusations,” Michael Yang declared on behalf of the 500-plus community members who attended a vigil Monday for Fong Lee, the 19-year-old boy who was gunned down by a Minneapolis police officer. “We are here only to seek justice.”However, after comparing the evidence that police had offered with the conflicting eye-witness accounts from nearby neighbors, Yang concisely stated, “We now have more questions than answers.”Police say that on the evening of Saturday, July 22, Minneapolis police officer Jason Andersen and his partner on this particular occasion, state trooper Craig Benz observed what appeared to be a drug transaction among a group of people on the school grounds of Cityview Elementary in north Minneapolis. Still in their squad car, Andersen and Benz approached the group who then dispersed.What the police neglect to reveal, say eye-witnesses including 17-year-old Pang Vang who observed the incident from her back-yard, is that the squad car sped across the grassy field and rammed their car into a fleeing bicycle, knocking down the rider who apparently turned out to be Fong Lee.“It was like they were trying to kill him while he was on his bike,” Vang proclaimed.According to police statements, a foot-chase ensued upon which time Fong brandished a gun, prompting officer Andersen to shoot Fong. In Andersen’s defense, a handgun was eventually found a few feet from Fong’s body. According to interim Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan, however, the gun had not been fired nor were any of Fong’s fingerprints found on that gun.After he had invited himself to speak at the family’s press conference at City Hall, chief Dolan did show edited footage from the school’s three surveillance cameras to family members and a few selected community leaders.According to those who saw that video, parts of the foot-chase are caught on tape but the camera pans away at the moment when officer Andersen shoots Fong. Continue Reading