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Las Vegas family fights for justice after man shot, killed by police during BLM protests

Family to sue LVMPD over death of Jorge Gomez
Posted at 7:34 AM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 01:47:50-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The family of Jorge Gomez continues to fight for justice after he was shot and killed by Las Vegas police during a Black Lives Matter protest in June.

On Wednesday morning they plan to gather for a press conference and vigil.

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The family has filed a federal lawsuit against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and they are asking the department to release surveillance or body camera footage of the shooting that killed the 25-year-old.

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"He wasn't out there fighting for himself," says his mother in a YouTube video. "He was out there fighting for all of you and he lost his life."

According to LVMPD, Gomez was carrying several guns and wearing full body armor during the protest.

Police say he raised his gun at them before he was shot.

Gomez's family says he was exercising his right to peacefully protest and bear arms. They say he never verbally threatened the officers and never pointed a gun at anyone.