March planned to honor man shot and killed by Harrisburg police

Earl Pinckney

An update to this story, reflecting a postponement of the march, can be found here:…police-postponed/


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A march has been planned to honor the city man who was shot and killed by police.

The march will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., but specific details were not immediately available.

Earl Shaleek Pinckney, 20, was killed Sunday when investigators said he refused to put down a knife he was holding to his mother’s throat. His family said that account is not true.

A community meeting was held Tuesday night to discuss ways to curb violence.  Members of the community, police Chief Thomas Carter, and Pinckney’s mother were all in attendance. The meeting focused on how to use government programs, along with state and grant money, to enhance educational and job opportunities for city residents.

The meeting at times turned into more of a conversation between Carter and Pinckney’s mother, Kim Thomas.

“Everybody out here needs to stick together today, tomorrow, next week and next year,” Thomas said.

“I did not want this to happen,” Carter said. “No one here did. Shaleek’s mother and I talked at the scene and I have respected her and love her.”

The Dauphin County district attorney’s office continues to investigate the shooting.

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