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Friday, March 20, 2015

Rally Planned to Protest Shooting Death of Brandon Jones

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 12:01 PM

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Brandon Jones, 18, was shot by a Cleveland police officer early on Thursday morning after police responded to reports of a break-in at Parkwood Grocery on the city's eastside. He later died at MetroHealth Medical Center.

NEOMG's Cory Shaffer has more:

Police at first said the shooting happened about 15 minutes after officers entered the store, but in a release sent out about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, police said Jones walked out of the closed store carrying a bag and a struggle ensued as officers tried to arrest him.

During the struggle, an officer fired his gun once, hitting Jones, police said. Officers called paramedics, who rushed him to MetroHealth Medical Center.

It has been reported by local media that Jones was unarmed. He had made off with "cigarettes and some money," according to the owner of Parkwood Grocery. 

A rally is being planned for 3 p.m. today by residents from the area and activists who have been protesting police use of force since the Nov. 22 shooting death of Tamir Rice. The location has yet to be determined, though it will reportedly be near the scene of the shooting. Check in with @PTS_CLE for more information. 

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