Family wants independent probe of killing

The family of a man killed by Vallejo police officers while outside his home called on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the incident, one day after the city’s mayor said he wants the state’s Attorney General to open an inquiry into the shooting.

On Wednesday, Mayor Osby Davis took the unusual step of requesting the state Attorney General’s office to open an independent investigation.

The Romero family attorney, John Burris, said he was delivering a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice that would request a federal investigation into all of the recent officer-involved shootings to determine if there was a “systemic pattern of use- of-deadly force” within the department.

Burris, who represents the families of two of the five people killed by Vallejo officers this year, said Romero was hit by 13 bullets and disputed the officer’s explanation of what led to the shooting.

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