On Tuesday a group of family members, activists and clergy stood outside Inglewood City Hall to draw attention to an officer-involved shooting that so far has not been explained. On Feb. 21, 2016, Kisha Michael and her boyfriend Marquintan Sandlin were shot to death by Inglewood police around 3 a.m., in a car on Manchester Blvd. and Inglewood Ave.
Two investigations are currently being conducted. According to sources, 20 shots were fired and police say the couple was initially believed to be unconscious. When police approached, they saw a gun on Michael’s lap. She was sitting in the passenger’s seat. An “exchange” occurred between the officers, Michael and Sandlin, but it is unclear what happened. Five officers were involved. It is not known whether Michael or Sandlin threatened the officers.
The group had planned to address the shooting at Tuesday’s council meeting, but it was cancelled due to President’s Day. Since the shooting one year ago, several residents have inquired about the case during council meetings.
In a statement on Tuesday, Mayor James Butts said:
“There are currently two parallel investigations into the Inglewood Police Department officer-involved-shootings of one-year ago today that killed Kisha Michael, 31, and Marquintan Sandlin, 32. One is a confidential internal investigation conducted by the Inglewood Police Department and a second is by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The Inglewood Police Department's investigation and process should be concluded within 30 days. Any personnel action taken as a result of an internal investigation would be a personnel record, which by California law AB 301 must remain held confidential by the City.”
Butts added that he has “confidence in the Chief of Police to take whatever actions are warranted by the department's investigation in accordance with due process. I continue to send my prayers and heartfelt condolences to the family members of Ms. Michael and Mr. Sandlin.”
Butts was at an off-site meeting at the time. However, Kema Decatur, deputy to the city manager, said she would forward a letter to the mayor which called for a status report and firing of the officers, among other demands.
Priest Francisco Garcia of Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Inglewood told Decatur, “They really just need closure. They need healing and they need justice, and they need answers.”