Family of teen shot and killed by CMHA officer calls for release of surveillance video


CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – The family of a teen who was shot and killed by an officer with the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority police spoke with attorneys Thursday about the case.

Arthur Keith, 19, was killed in a shooting on Nov. 13.

Arthur Keith, Courtesy: The Cochran Firm

According to a preliminary report, CMHA officers had found a vehicle parked that was similar to one possibly involved in a shooting.

Officers asked the man, identified as Keith, sitting in the car to get out, police said.

Police said Keith pointed a gun at the officer and the officer shot him as he ran.

“My brother did nothing to deserve that now I have to go the rest of my life without seeing him,” said Keith’s sister.

Keith died at the hospital. According to attorneys for the family, witnesses said he was shot in the back.

A person who lawyers said was a witness to the shooting, said at a press conference Thursday that officers approached the vehicle with guns drawn.

That person said after Keith was shot multiple times, officers began yelling, “He had a gun.” Witnesses said they did not see a gun.

The family is asking for police to release surveillance video of the incident.

CMHA released the following statement to FOX 8 Thursday afternoon:

“At this time, the fatal shooting that took place on November 13, 2020 involving a CMHA Police Officer remains under investigation by the Cleveland Division of Police. They are in possession of the Network Video Recorder (NVR) for cameras in the area of the shooting, which is itself evidence in the investigation. CMHA recognizes the need for transparency throughout this process, and we remain committed to fully cooperate with investigators to discover the facts of that evening.”

Attorneys allege that the officer knew Keith from the Boys & Girls Club.

“We have all types of kids who are headed to the boys and girls club who witnessed this,” said Richard Starr of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland. “We have children who are replaying and drawing pictures and having conversations about watching Arthur Keith get killed by CMHA police.”

A spokesperson for the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office said the only information released is Keith’s cause of death as a gunshot wound of the “truck with visceral, vascular, skeletal and soft tissue injuries.”

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