CLEVELAND – The Fox 8 I-Team has obtained a wrongful death lawsuit that has been filed against the City of Cleveland and two police officers.
The lawsuit was filed in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Friday by Attorneys Paul Cristallo and Anthony Jordan, on behalf of Tanya Brown, the mother of Brandon Jones.
Jones broke into a corner store March 19, 2015. Moments after walking out of the store, located near the intersection of Parkwood Drive and Primrose Avenue, Jones was shot by Cleveland Police Officer Alan Buford.
Officials with the Cleveland Police Union have said the shooting was justified.
The family of Brandon Jones 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 suit states.
“Also according to the eyewitness, Brandon was not struggling, fighting, attempting to flee or reaching for a weapon. Despite the fact that Brandon had been seized and was unarmed, Officer Buford, holding his service pistol and yelling at Brandon, pulled the trigger of his gun and shot Brandon. Brandon Jones was pronounced dead on March 19, 2015, six days before his nineteenth birthday.”
The suit is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
City spokesman Dan Williams says they have not yet received a copy of the lawsuit, so they are unable to comment at this time.
Meanwhile, a vigil for Jones will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at the corner of Parkwood and Primrose.