Family of Allan Feliz demands justice nearly 4 years after his death
The family of Allan Feliz met with the Civilian Complaint Review Board on Wednesday as they continue to demand justice nearly four years after his death.
Feliz was shot and killed by an NYPD sergeant in Oct. 2019, when he was driving and was pulled over for a seatbelt violation. Officers ran his ID and saw multiple active warrants, causing the situation to take a turn for the worse and leading to Feliz being shot. His family says they left him to die.
"We wanted all three officers to have substantiated charges to be fired and removed from the force,” said Samy Feliz, brother of the late Allan Feliz. "Having us kind of fill in his shoes isn't ideal when we know Allan should be here.”
Family and supporters gathered on Church Street on Wednesday to provide the latest update on the pursuit for justice in this incident.
During today’s meeting, the Feliz family says they learned that the CCRB is working to get Sgt. Jonathan Rivera, the officer who shot Feliz, fired. They said that the CCRB are also trying to charge Rivera with threatening to use force and excessive force.
Supporters say that while this is a step in the right direction, there’s still no justice for the Feliz family.
"How can we as City Council members talk about public safety, talk about a safe city, when Black and brown New Yorkers are not safe from the brutality of murder at the hands of police," said Council member Carmen De La Rosa.
The family and supporters say they’re turning their pain into action, hoping that the CCRB sets a trial date before the anniversary of Feliz’s death arrives this October.