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

Julian Dawkins was shot on May 22.

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.