CLEVELAND - Brandon Jones' family held a vigil Saturday to remember his life, just one year after he was killed.
Jones was shot and killed by an officer near the corner of Parkwood and Primrose after breaking into a corner store in March 2015. His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Friday against the City of Cleveland and two police officers. Officers say the shooting was justified.
His family disagrees.
“According to an eyewitness, Cleveland Police Officers Alan Buford and Greg King apprehended Brandon almost immediately after he walked out of the store,” the lawsuit states.
Brandon Jones' mother also attended a press conference earlier on Saturday for a group called “Mothers for Justice and the Adam Project.” They are currently touring the country.
Samaria Rice, whose son, Tamir, who was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer Nov. 22, 2014, was also in attendance. Police thought the gun Tamir had was real; it was an airsoft pistol that police say looked like a real gun. A grand jury decided not to bring charges against the officers involved.
Jones said the mothers created the group because “we are sick and tired of police officers killing our loved ones and not being held accountable.”
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