Family of Washington man killed by police ask city for release of dash cam video

WASHINGTON NC, (WITN) The family of an Eastern Carolina man killed by a police officer is asking to see the dash cam video from the incident and for the officer involved to be fired.

The mother of Cedric Pritchard, the man who was shot and killed by a Washington Police Officer during a traffic stop, made those requests in front of the city council Monday.

"I'm here on behalf of my son who got murdered. 2018, October 21st" said Teresa Pritchard.

Cedric Pritchard was fatally shot in the back while fleeing a traffic stop on Washington Street. The District Attorney says Pritchard was armed at the time.

"He could have tazed him," said Teresa Pritchard.

His mother, Teresa Pritchard, believes her son was unjustly killed despite the district attorney's March announcement that no criminal charges would be filed against the officer involved.

"We ask the city of Washington to give justice to the Pritchard family," said Willie Roberts who spoke in support of Teresa Pritchard during Monday's city council meeting.

Supporters asked city leaders to release dash cam video from the fatal traffic stop and for the officer who shot Cedric Pritchard to be fired from the Washington Police Department.

Mayor Mac Hodges expressed condolences to Teresa Pritchard during Monday's meeting but declined an on camera interview with WITN. The city's attorney, Franz Holsher, says the city stands by the findings of the investigation done by the State Bureau of Investigation.

"I was hoping that he would let me know that they would do something about the case," said Theresa Pritchard who says she plans to pursue legal action against the city to pursue the release of the dash cam video.

"There's too many incidents of not just law enforcement being killed, but individuals, especially black males being killed," said former Beaufort County NAACP President Bill Booth, among those supporting the Pritchard family.

"Let's see the video and let the chips fall where they may," said Booth.

The officer involved in this shooting has not been identified by officials.