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Congressman Bobby Scott

Representing the 3rd District of Virginia

Representatives McEachin, Scott and Meng issue statement on death of Chesapeake, VA resident playing Pokémon Go

February 14, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), Bobby Scott (VA-03) and Grace Meng (NY-06) issued the following joint statement today on the recent shooting death of Jiansheng Chen, a Chesapeake, VA. Late last month, Mr.Chen was fatally shot by a neighborhood security guard while playing Pokemon Go. Police are presently investigating the incident.

“We are deeply saddened over the death of Jiansheng Chen. We are also concerned about the manner and circumstances in which he lost his life. Many questions remain and need to be answered, and we call on local authorities to conduct their investigation thoroughly and expeditiously. We must know how a game of Pokémon Go turned into a fatal shooting.

“It is our hope that Congress will act in a bipartisan manner to ensure law enforcement personnel receive high quality, evidence-based training in non-lethal de-escalation tactics. We must continue to work together to emphasize the need for reasonable and effective policies that reflect our nation’s moral obligation to keep our communities safe.

“At this difficult time, we send our thoughts and prayers to the Chen family, and we eagerly await further information from law enforcement about this tragic incident.”

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