A mother in Ohio is seeking answers after her 13-year-old son Sinzae Reed was fatally shot by a white man last week. Krieg A. Butler Sr., 36, was charged with murder on Oct. 12 in the shooting death of Sinzae Reed, who was black. But the charges were dropped just a week later, and the Butler family says they don’t understand why. “We want to know why the charges were dropped,” said Sinzae Reed’s mother.
The shooting took place on Oct. 5 in the city of Akron. According to police, Butler shot Reed in the head with a handgun after an argument. Sinzae Reed was pronounced dead at the scene. Butler was arrested and charged with murder the following day. However, prosecutors dropped the charges on Tuesday, citing “insufficient evidence.” The decision to drop the charges has outraged Reese’s mother, Megan Reed.
Megan is demanding to know why charges were dropped so quickly and whether race played a factor in the decision. “I want justice for my son,” Megan said at a press conference on Wednesday. “I want to know why the charges were dropped against the man who killed him.” Megan ‘s attorney, Gary Tyack, said that he plans to file a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Reese’s family. “This mother deserves answers,” Crump said. “No parent should have to go through what she’s going through.”