Family demands justice in police shooting death of son in Florida

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The family of a Filipino American man shot and killed by police maintains he had his hands up and complied with police orders before being shot and killed, ABS-CBN reports.

Police killed Randy Lansang in Daytona Beach, FL on February 9 after boxing him in with their vehicles. They wanted to arrest him for a drive-by shooting a month earlier, reported The Filipino Times.

“We believe that he was cooperative. He did have his hands up because if you hear in the body cam that they did show, you could hear him say like ‘I have my hands up.’ I spoke with other people in law enforcement. If he is a known felon, we wouldn’t have gone that close to him to begin with. My brother deserves justice for what happened to him because that is really hard to watch,” Lansang’s sister Sherrie said to The Filipino Channel.

Police say Lansang had a long criminal record including aggravated assault with a firearm, shooting into an occupied dwelling, robbery, auto theft, and burglary. Sherrie said he had turned his life around, moving from California to Florida and raising two children.

“He was locked up for ten years. When he came to Florida with my mom, he was trying to be better. He has two sons, he was always in contact with them. He was a good father,” she said.

According to WNDB, the family sued the police department for the release of the body cam footage and the city agreed to pay the family $1000 for violating the public records law.

The mother has seen two police videos so far, but the videos leave many questions unanswered. A police investigation into the shooting is on-going.

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