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Family demands release of surveillance video connected to 19-year-old man's shooting death involving CMHA officer

Arthur Keith died in the shooting, which happened on Nov. 13 in Cleveland.

CLEVELAND — “I just want justice for my brother. He didn’t deserve what happened to him.”

Those were the words of 19-year-old Arthur Keith's sister, who spoke at a press conference with his family's attorneys Thursday morning.

Their press conference came nearly three weeks after Keith was shot and killed by an officer from the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Stanley Jackson of the Cochran Firm also pushed for the release of surveillance video from the Nov. 13 incident, which happened in the 6200 block of Haltnorth Walk.

"There is no precedence, at this point considering there is an investigation, to not release the video because it would objectively show what happened on that day,” Jackson said.

We streamed the entire press conference, which also included statements from an eyewitness. You can watch the press conference in the player below:

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The Cochran Firm claims that eyewitnesses say “Keith was shot in the back as he ran from a CMHA officer after the officer attempted to question him."

The family and their attorneys previously held a press conference outside of the CMHA police headquarters back on Friday, Nov. 20, one week after the incident took place.

"We will be relentless and unrelenting in this case," Jackson said at the time. "We will find the answers."

Jackson had also previously addressed their desire to get surveillance video released.

"We know there are two cameras in the area, we've requested those cameras. We know that they (CMHA police) has access to those cameras and they haven't shared. That video will show that our client (Keith) was running away when he was shot."

The Cleveland Police Department, which is reviewing the case, said CMHA officers had stopped a vehicle allegedly connected to a shooting and ordered the person out of the vehicle. "Preliminary information" indicates the suspect pointed a gun at one of the officers who then fired back, causing the suspect to flee before eventually collapsing, authorities previously said.

CMHA Police Chief Andres Gonzalez also issued the following statement:

Cleveland Police continue to investigate the officer involved shooting which occurred last Friday. CMHA PD will continue cooperating with them throughout the investigation.

The CMHA Police Department is a state certified law enforcement agency. All of our sworn officers are certified through the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy. Additionally, since 1998, the CMHA Police Department has been accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, a national credentialing authority, and from the Ohio Collaborative Police-Community Advisory Board administered through the Office of Criminal Justice.

We realize how difficult the last week has been, and we remain committed to cooperating with the Cleveland Division of Police while they investigate this matter.


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