AUSTIN (KXAN) - Several civil rights leaders met outside of Austin Police Department this morning and pressed for dash cam video to be released in the shooting death of 16-year-old Devin Contreras to prove the teen's death was justified .
"We need the evidence, we need the proof, we need to find out what is reality and what isn't reality," said Marcelo Tafoya, district 12 LULAC director .
Contreras was shot and killed after police said he pointed a loaded weapon at officers following a burglary at a south Austin Big Lots.
"I remain deeply concerned and horrified that a 16-year-old has been shot by an officer," said Sylvia Benini, director of the Austin Center for Peace and Justice . "I'm grieving for both families."
"We shouldn't be dying at the hands of police anymore, for any reason," said Richard Franklin, a Del Valle school board member. "[The police], they don't feel the pain of this grieving family. They don't feel the pain of these communities that are under resourced."
"'If the police officer fears that their life is in danger, then they have discretion to shoot to kill and that's usually the first option and it has been in the minority community," said Rudolph Williams, member of the Austin Police Accountability Coalition. "It is police brutality."
The group is angry that dash cam video of the incident has not gone public yet.
APD Chief Art Acevedo said he has been pushing for its release since the morning of the shooting, but said it is up to the district attorney to release it.
"I really believe it is important to try and get the tape of the actual shooting to the public as soon as possible," Acevedo told KXAN in a press conference the morning of the shooting.
These activists told KXAN they're writing the federal Department of Justice asking for an independent investigation into the shooting.
"The APD has a history of slipshod investigation of itself," Benini said.
The officer involved in the shooting, Derrick Bowman, has been placed on administrative leave, with pay, which is departmental procedure for a police-involved shooting. Acevedo said the officer had been on the Austin police force for almost three years.
Contreras's family held his funeral Friday.
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