The family of a Riverside County, California teen recently killed by police said this week that the boy was shot after he’d been subdued and handcuffed by an officer.
Police, however, claim that Lamon Khiry Haslip was armed at the time of his death.
Haslip was shot after running from a vehicle the police were attempting to pull over on December 28, according to The Press-Enterprise. After tackling Haslip and putting him in cuffs, the officer allegedly backed away. That’s when another officer on the scene reportedly spotted a handgun and took a shot.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, family members shared their indigence over the killing. “He didn’t move, he wasn’t screaming,” Britney Haynes, who reportedly witnessed the incident, told NBC Los Angeles. “He was handcuffed.”
This video is from NBC Los Angeles, aired Tuesday, January 1, 2013.
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