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“We should not be losing young people to gun violence” Mayor Kincannon says about Austin-East officer-involved shooting

Mayor Indya Kincannon holds press conference after Austin-East shooting body cam footage is released
Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 8:35 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 21, 2021 at 11:28 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Mayor Indya Kincannon held a press conference Wednesday amid the aftermath of the release of body cam footage showing the events of last week’s Austin-East officer-involved shooting.

During the conference, Kincannon said she had spoken with the family of 17-year-old Anthony Thompson Jr., who died in the altercation with Knoxville police. “My heart continues to break for Anthony, his life matters, and he is gone too soon,” she said.

Kincannon also shared her thoughts on the situation, saying “my view is that it was a challenging situation for the officers.” She said District Attorney Charme Allen’s conclusion that the officers’ actions were justified is fair.

The footage is some of the first used in an investigation since the Knoxville Police Department deployed the body cameras earlier this month. Kincannon said the City will be evaluating how the cameras were used and how to improve accountability and transparency.

She also spoke on the state of gun crime in Knoxville and the state as a whole.

“Gun violence is a huge problem in our community, with too many guns easily accessible by people of all ages,” she said. “The state of Tennessee is going in the wrong direction.”

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