RICHMOND (CBS SF) — The family of a man shot and killed by a Richmond police officer last week believes the officer is lying about what happened.
Relatives of Richard “Pedie” Perez say witnesses dispute the officer’s claim that Perez tried to grab the officer’s gun during a struggle outside a liquor store. They said the officer should be prosecuted for murder.READ MORE: Fawn Fire Update: 'I See My Life Gone'; Thousands Forced To Evacuate; Arson Suspected As Blaze Burns Homes
According to Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus, the officer involved in this incident is a Latino, Spanish-speaking, six-year veteran with the department.
Magnus said the officer was doing foot patrol at Uncle Sam’s Liquor Store at 3322 Cutting Blvd. around 12:15 a.m. Sunday, when the incident occurred.READ MORE: UPDATE: Early Morning Crash Shuts Down Lanes On San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
According to Magnus, security video footage shows that the officer encountered a 24-year-old Latino man at that time who was obviously intoxicated and engaging in belligerent behavior.
“I raised my son well,” said Rick Perez, the victim’s father. “He wasn’t no saint by any means, but I’m sure he’s closer to being one right now.”MORE NEWS: 'Highway Slingshot Shooter' Fires Ball Bearings at Windows Along San Jose's Guadalupe Freeway
Civil rights attorney John Burris and the family are demanding a full transparent investigation. They may also sue the Richmond Police Department.