Princess Blanding, the sister of the late Marcus David Peters, has come out saying she has the autopsy report of her brother, which she said establishes that there was no drugs in his system at time of death. RVA Mag was unable to obtain a copy of the report, which other outlets have reported may be a preliminary report and not the official, final report.
Just yesterday, Mayor Levar Stoney held community office hours, where Peters’ death was a central point. Blanding, one of the most outspoken about her brother’s death, continued to ask: how many times was her brother shot? Accounts have been spotty, but Blanding said the report she had established three, not two, shots, which she said contradicted prior information.
Bodycam footage was released previously by the Richmond Police Department, which characterized the release as an attempt at transparency. The footage from May 14 shows Peters exiting his vehicle at the edge of Interstate 95 and rolling around on the pavement. According to police reports, Peters, who was unarmed, “lunged” at Officer Michael Nyantakyi, who then fired his weapon. Blanding has stated in past meetings with the mayor that her brother has been accused of being under the influence of drugs at the time of his death. “That’s what they wanted people to think. He had to be strung out on some drugs… None detected.” If the autopsy report she had at the meeting is accurate, it would contradict the assumptions she described at the meeting.
This past Tuesday, the Commonwealth Attorney’s office received a report from the Richmond Police Department. According to WTVR, the report contains “witness statements, security camera videos, the officer’s body-worn camera video, and forensic evidence.” However, toxicology statements have not been issued yet.
The Commonwealth Attorney’s office will be concluding its investigation into the death to confirm Blanding’s statements. Although the process could take weeks or even months, his family and the broader Richmond community seems committed to keeping pressure on the city until a resolution is reached.