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WARREN, Ohio - Warren civil rights leaders are urging patience from the community as authorities investigate a fatal shooting involving a police officer.

On the heels of meeting with city officials Tuesday, heads of African American organizations used a united front approach to press for patience, as they await a state investigation.

"We will then review the findings, for we know in the past, community has not been in agreement with other prior findings and follow up," Thomas Conley says, president of the Greater Warren Youngstown Urban League.

The Warren-Youngstown Urban League and leaders of other community organizations held a news conference on Wednesday to discuss Saturday's shooting death of 24-year-old Taemarr Walker, who was killed during a confrontation with city police officer Michael Krafcik along Risher Road.

"We ask that the community exercise patience while this matter is under investigation and let it take its proper course. All of the facts and interviews must take place. The process has to come to a conclusion," Conley says.

Three guns are now in the possession of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, two belonging to Walker and the other belonging to Krafcik. Krafcik's cruiser was not equipped with a camera, an area of concern for Conley.

"That is a high concern, because it becomes a he said, she said thing," Conley says.

Complaints of excessive force at the hands of Warren police brought a Justice Department investigation in 2004. The Justice Department has been made aware of what took place Saturday.

Mayor Doug Franklin says he's pleased with the police department and officer Krafcik's immediate response in this case. 

"The proper protocol was exercised in that situation, where he controlled the crime scene and turned the investigation immediately over to BCI," Franklin says. "We're concerned about the state of the officer as well."

Krafcik will be offered counseling as a result of the incident. 

Walker's family attorney tells the urban league, they're still grieving. The Trumbull County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance is offering counseling to the family.

The representatives at the conference say they understand that many decisions and resolutions in the past have left a lot of questions in the community, but they feel that working together will be more effective than working "against the system."

"One of the messages we want to send is about the safety of the community and the fact that we are still working together to keep everyone unified as we go through the process of the investigations to find out exactly what went on and what the outcome is. We're trusting in the system, and waiting for the outcome," says Pastor Phillip Shealey, President of the Trumbull County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance. 

Still, some wounds have yet to heal according to Trumbull County NAACP President Annette McCoy.

"I think a lot of the decisions and resolutions in the past, has still left questions in our community, questions that were never answered or resolved, so I would say that there's still a little bit of distrust in my own personal opinion," she says.

The attorney general's office does not expect the investigation to be completed until toxicology reports come back, which could take six to eight weeks. 

Once the investigation is over, the information will be turned over to the local prosecutor.

The Trumbull County coroner's office has ruled Walker's death a homicide. Trumbull County Assistant Prosecutor Chris Becker explains that homicide is a medical term that describes someone dying at the hands of another. Becker says a homicide ruling does not always lead to charges, as some homicides can be ruled justifiable. 
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