ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Since the death of Kionte Spencer, his brother Carl has been searching for answers into what happened the night his brother was shot and killed by Roanoke County police officers.

Recently, the Justice for Kionte group came across documents from Roanoke County Police Department’s 2016 investigation into that night, never-before-seen by the group.

“This is a search warrant that was issued on… well… almost a month after Kionte was killed,” said Carl, holding one of the documents in an interview with WFXR News.

Carl acquired these documents from a Martinsville judge this week.

According to one of the search warrants acquired, Roanoke County wished to see Kionte’s foster care records with regard to his mental health status, but Henry County Attorney George Lyle stepped in.

Lyle wrote that there was no possible connection between information in Kionte’s records sought out by Roanoke County Police Department and his possession of a firearm in Roanoke County.

In 2016, Kionte was thought to have a firearm when Roanoke County officers encountered him, but it turned out to be a broken BB Gun.

RCPD Press Conference Shortly After the Death of Kionte Spencer

Lyle also wrote, “The search warrant provided erroneous information that mislead the magistrate into issuing the warrant.”

Carl claims police were looking for information to justify their actions in killing his brother.

“It doesn’t make sense at all,” the older brother said. “I don’t think it should make sense to anybody. Why? Nothing adds up.”

“When documents are requested by the grieving family, you cannot withhold those documents,” said Brenda Coles, President of the Richmond chapter of the National Action Network.

In an email, a Roanoke County spokesperson wrote the police department, “has well qualified and professional personnel to conduct complete and thorough investigations. The facts of the investigation were provided for outside review… All found the actions of the officers to be justified and there was no wrong-doing.”

Emailed response to WFXR News from Roanoke County Spokesperson Amy Whittaker

Coles is trying to get the case reopened by writing to Attorney General Mark Herring and Gov. Ralph Northam.

“Roanoke County and the Roanoke Valley area is going to have to really take a hard look at their practices, because we are no longer going to sit back and let them continue to hide and deceive,” Coles said.

Carl says these documents have given him the strength to push forward in searching for Justice for his brother.

When asked what he thinks the near future looks like for the Justice for Kionte movement, Carl answered, “Reopening this case. Like, I think that would be a great start. You have to reopen this case.”

Carl has been in contact with the Rev. Al Sharpton, who Carl says wishes to offer a national platform for Kionte’s currently closed case.

Carl also says Sharpton has invited him to a march in Washington, D.C., allowing him to join Sharpton and the families of George Floyd and others to march against police brutality. That march is scheduled for Aug. 28.

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