Family of Aurora man shot by police plan to demand body cam footage

Colorado Public Radio: The attorney for the family of the man shot and killed by the Aurora Police Department in the early hours of July 30 said they are willing to sue the City of Aurora for access to bodycam footage and other documents.

“The family deserves immediate answers as to what occurred and why Mr. Black was tragically killed in his home protecting his family from home intruders,” attorney Qusair Mohamedbhai said.

Mohamedbhai and his firm have conducted an initial investigation. Richard “Gary” Black, a 73-year-old Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient, was at home with his wife Jeanette, his stepson and their two grandchildren.

The family was asleep when a naked intruder broke into the home at Montview Blvd. and East Iola St., Mohamedbhai said. The man targeted Black’s 11-year-old grandson, pulling him from his bed and dragging him to the bathroom, where the intruder began choking and attempting to drown the boy.

The noise awoke Black and his stepson, who ran to the bathroom, Mohamedbhai said. The two tried to pull the intruder off the boy, and even hit him over the head with a vase, but the intruder would not let go. It was then Black, who had a concealed carry weapon permit, shot the intruder.

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