Lakeland clergy members ask for calm following deadly shooting of teen

Polk County

 A group of clergy members in Lakeland is urging people to remain calm and not rush to judgment following the deadly shooting of a teenager by local police.

The Lakeland International Ministerial Alliance (IMA) and other local clergy made the request during a press conference Friday morning. They said the death of Michael Jerome Taylor, 17, is under investigation and asked that people pass along video or audio of the incident to detectives.

Taylor was shot and killed by Lakeland Police Department officers early Wednesday morning. Taylor was in a stolen Camaro in a restaurant parking lot where 150-200 people had gathered after a nearby nightclub closed.

Lakeland police say Taylor tried to run officers over when they approached the car and the officers shot at him.

LPD released surveillance video of the incident. Police have been criticized for shooting Taylor and some people have held protests.

The IMA is asking for the public to remain calm and said they are praying for those involved.

“We are asking for the public to remain calm, and not rush to judgement but rather let the investigation take its course. We are praying for the family of our deceased brother and the officers involved,” said Rev. Eddie Lake of New Bethel AME Church.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Top Videos

Florida College isolates unvaccinated students after measles case on campus

Thumbnail for the video titled "Florida College isolates unvaccinated students after measles case on campus"

Gift cards destroyed

Thumbnail for the video titled "Gift cards destroyed"

Senator urges Trump to orchestrate coordinated approach to prevent spread of coronavirus

Thumbnail for the video titled "Senator urges Trump to orchestrate coordinated approach to prevent spread of coronavirus"

Family pleads for help on 11th day of elderly woman's disappearance

Thumbnail for the video titled "Family pleads for help on 11th day of elderly woman's disappearance"

Big bust

Thumbnail for the video titled "Big bust"

Adopter of dog that attacked sheriff's horses lived in a tent in the woods

Thumbnail for the video titled "Adopter of dog that attacked sheriff's horses lived in a tent in the woods"

Puppies train to be superheroes at Southeastern Guide Dogs

Thumbnail for the video titled "Puppies train to be superheroes at Southeastern Guide Dogs"

Tampa Bay man runs Gasparilla race in memory of his late wife

Thumbnail for the video titled "Tampa Bay man runs Gasparilla race in memory of his late wife"

Teenagers hold Unity Walk in Clearwater

Thumbnail for the video titled "Teenagers hold Unity Walk in Clearwater"

Cyber Safety Day

Thumbnail for the video titled "Cyber Safety Day"

Coast Guard remembers deadly Blackthorn crash 40 years later

Thumbnail for the video titled "Coast Guard remembers deadly Blackthorn crash 40 years later"

Blackthorn 40th anniversary

Thumbnail for the video titled "Blackthorn 40th anniversary"
More Local News

Trending Stories

get the app

News App

Weather App

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss