published: 26 August 2016
The police-involved shooting of a 15-year-old Black Brooklyn teen is being compared to the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. The shooting, which occurred nearly three years ago, left Keston Charles injured after Officer Jonathan Rivera struck him three of the 16 times he fired at him.
Unlike Rice, Charles was lucky enough to survive. Surveillance video reveals the teen, who had a BB gun at the time, posed no threat.
Lawyers representing Charles say he was shot in the buttocks while fleeing from officers on Dec. 9, 2013, and twice more in the side and chest after he dropped the gun and was surrendering with his hands above his head.
“I put up my hands, they was still shooting,” Charles said in a deposition.
According to New York Daily News, both sides are awaiting a decision from Manhattan Federal Judge Kevin Castel on whether the lawsuit filed by the teen’s family should be dismissed or placed before a grand jury.