Local Activist Says She Wants FBI to Investigate Javon Neal Shooting08/08/12 Robert Lorei
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The Hillsborough State Attorney’s office has ruled last month’s shooting of 16 year old Javon Neal by Tampa police officers was justified. Neal was shot at the Central Court Apartments after police officers arrived to investigate reports of gunshots. Two officers- Shannon Murphy and Gregory Pryor say they spotted someone who matched the description of the shooter and followed him and yelled at him to stop. The officers say that Neal had a shotgun in his hands- whirled to fire at the officers and that the officers shot and killed the teenager. The killing sparked outrage in the apartment complex—with some residents saying that the police got the wrong person. Community activists also wanted access to the security camera videotapes of the shooting scene. Police have released one grainy photo of a person climbing the stairs of the apartment complex with what appears to be a small diameter pipe-like object protruding from the bottom of his pant leg. Yesterday’s ruling by the Hillsborough State Attorney’s office means the two officers can return to their patrol duties.
Joining us now is an adviser to Javon Neal's family, Michelle Williams.