Mother of man shot by Harrisburg police speaks at community event

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A meeting Tuesday night at Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church allowed the community to express concerns after an officer-involved shooting.

Earl Pinckney, 20, was shot and killed Sunday after investigators said he had a knife to his mother’s throat when officers entered a second-floor bedroom at the family’s home in the 2300 block of Green Street.

Earl Pinckney
Earl Pinckney

Pinckney’s mother, Kim Thomas, spoke at the meeting for 45 minutes. Thomas, who has denied official accounts of the shooting, said she and her son know the truth. She said she hopes the investigation will reveal what happened.

“Even though we had problems, my son never wanted to kill me,” she said. “If so, I would have been dead a long time ago.”

Thomas said she hasn’t had a good night’s sleep since the death of her son. She said she does not want another family to go through her ordeal.

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

Thomas said her door is open to grieving families.

“I never knew what to say before because I never experienced that kind of loss,” she said. “I know what it feels like now.”

Police Chief Thomas Carter spoke during the meeting. He asked that people remain calm and patient as the investigation continues.

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