Mothers of sons killed by police speak out at press conference

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — A group of local mothers whose children were shot and killed by police were part of a press conference in Cleveland today.

It was the first stop of a national tour by a group called “Mothers for Justice and the Adam Project.”

The press conference featured Samaria Rice, whose son, Tamir, who was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer Nov. 22, 2014. 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.

Marion Jones, who is the mother of Brandon Jones, also attended. Brandon Jones was shot and killed by an officer after breaking into a corner store in March 2015. His family recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Officers also say the shooting was justified.

Marion Jones said the mothers are coming together in the group because “we are sick and tired of police officers killing our loved ones and not being held accountable.”

Lastly, Alicia Kirkman, mother of Angelo Miller, was also there. Angelo was shot and killed at an apartment complex in 2007 after reports of boys breaking into cars in the parking lot. The city later settled a lawsuit filed against it by Angelo’s family.

A total of 19 mothers from around the country were in Cleveland for the event.

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