LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The mother of a suspect who was shot and killed Tuesday after exchanging gunfire with LMPD officers had harsh words for police after they released body camera footage of the shooting. 

"The police are supposed to be there to protect us, not harm us," Natalie Malone said. 

Demonjhea Jordan's mother says she is struggling to come to terms with the shooting. 

Family and friends rallied around her outside her home Wednesday evening, hours after the footage was released at a news conference. 

Many of them were angry about what they saw. Malone says her son made a bad choice, but didn't deserve to die the way he did.

"They don't know nothing about him. Nothing about him," she said. "He had just made a bad choice and they made a worser choice than him. Which is now worse 'cause my baby's gone. I don't have that little boy no more."

Malone said her son had just turned 21 last month. 

Now, she wants answers. 

"I just want to ask those police officers and that one detective what made you go to that extreme to handcuff my baby?" Malone said. "He couldn't do nothin' ... He's already shot up, what's the handcuff? What was the purpose of the handcuff? What could he do?"

Black Lives Matter Louisville is inviting community members to an activist event this afternoon. Members of that group and other community organizations will speak out against the police shootings that have left three people dead in four days.

The event is at noon outside LMPD Headquarters on Jefferson Street.

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