Protesters demand transparency in deadly police shooting of Romir Talley

Protesters demand transparency in deadly police shooting of Romir Talley

WILKINSBURG, Pa. — A group of about 20 people, upset over the shooting death of Romir Talley by Wilkinsburg police in December 2019, demanded accountability Tuesday night outside of Mayor Marita Garrett’s home.

While the mayor appeared calm, protesters told Channel 11 she had what looked like a gun in her front pocket and that the mayor’s mother, Beverly Garrett, reportedly assaulted a protester.

“Last night what I witnessed was unfathomable. The obscenities, vulgars that were directed at me, at my mother totally unprovoked. One of them right over there,” Marita Garrett said on Wednesday.

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A woman shared a photo of Beverly Garrett's mother allegedly pulling her hair on social media.

“She had her phone like this and she just snatched it, grabbed her by the hair and pulled her down,” said protester Rose Price.

Marita Garrett defended her record of accountability to the Wilkinsburg community on Wednesday.

She said the investigation into whether Wilkinsburg police were justified or not in the shooting death of Talley will be determined by the Allegheny County District Attorney.

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“There is no cover up. There is no information that I or the Wilkinsburg Police Department is trying to hide,” Marita Garrett said.

Channel 11 spoke to the district attorney’s office about their review of the police involved shooting of Talley. A spokesperson there said the case is still under review and no time frame as to when a determination as to justifiable force will be made.

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