Parents of Columbus officer-involved shooting victim speak out

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — “It’s like a dream that I can’t wake up from.” Those are the words Henry Green IV uses to describe the events of June 6.

“I’ll never hear him say ‘dad, I love you,’ or just call me just to mess with me,” Green said, describing his son by the same name.

Henry Green V was shot and killed by police, in an incident his family questions.

According to police, two undercover officers saw Green standing near the intersection of Duxberry Avenue and Ontario Street.

Investigators said the officers identified themselves and ordered Green to drop the weapon. They said Green instead fired at the officers, who subsequently shot back and killed him.

“If I had an enemy, I would not wish this on nobody,” explained Adrienne Hood, Green’s mother, who said witnesses never heard the officers identify themselves.

Hood also said her son was never the type of person to carry a weapon.

In light of the recent officer-involved shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana, Hood and the elder Green continue to share their story.

“It’s like a knife piercing my soul and the knife just keeps getting dug deeper and deeper, every time I hear one of these situation,” said Hood.

She alongside Green spoke in front of the Columbus Urban League Young Professionals (CULYP), a group which organized what they referred to as a ‘Call To Action’ in light of the two shootings, making national headlines.

“Watching those videos on social media was just too much,” said Habiba Kamagate, president of CULYP, who helped organize the ‘Call To Action.’ “We don’t want to wake up like that any longer.”

Kamagate said the group hopes to take the issue of officer-involved shootings beyond a simple conversation.

“We need to figure out solutions,” she said. “We need to figure out what we can tangibly do, as a collective, to fix what’s happening across this country. It’s already touched the city of Columbus and we just want to see better.”

Green’s parents agree.

“A parent should not have to bury their child,” said Hood.

She, Green’s father and their attorney  said they are hoping for transparency in the investigation, along with an end to all violence.

A Columbus police spokesman said he was unable to comment on the investigation.

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