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Julian Dawkins killed: NAACP pushes for Craig Patterson to be charged

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The NAACP is gathering in Alexandria Tuesday to push authorities to charge an Arlington County Sheriff’s deputy for fatally shooting of a man in Alexandria on May 22.

The NAACP was joined by about two dozen friends and relatives of the victim.

The shooting claimed the life of Julian Dawkins, 22. A 17-year veteran of the Arlington County Sheriff’s office, Craig Patterson, shot and killed Dawkins in the 100 block of Lynhaven Drive.

The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, meaning that Dawkins died at the hands of another person. A ruling of homicide doesn’t mean there is criminal blame.

The commonwealth attorney on Tuesday says that authorities need more witnesses to come forward before they determine if charges are warranted.

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