DENVER (CBS4) – Almost 100 people marched for justice for a 16-year-old boy who was allegedly shot and killed by an off duty prison officer. Supporters said on Sunday that Alexis Mendez-Perez was shot dead by Desmond Manning in April 2020.
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On the night of the 23rd, police reports show an emergency call from Manning’s house suspecting someone broke into the neighbor’s vacant house.
When the Denver police arrived, Alexis jumped over a fence into correctional officer Desmond Manning’s yard. Manning shot the teenager in the back from several yards away. Denver Police arrested Manning after he shot the teenager and one other person.
In June, the Denver District Attorney announced that she had decided not to charge Manning. Prosecutors say they should have proven that he was not defending his life or the life of his family. Mendez-Perez’s sister told CBS4 that the decision was unfair.
“So let’s tell them that like my brother he was a 16 year old little boy, you know? We just want them to know he’s not harming anyone. He didn’t try to harm anyone at all and it was just unfair to be shot just so he could break into an empty house and not put his family or himself in danger, ”said Ana Mendez.
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Manning was fired on a decision he later appealed and got his job back. He is currently listed as a Code Enforcement Officer with the Hudson Police Department. Mendez-Perez’s family think Manning should no longer be an officer.
“It’s like you know this guy is a threat to our community,” says Ana Mendez.
Alexis Mendez-Perez’s family has filed a lawsuit against Manning for unjustified death. They say it is their last chance for justice.
“I feel like we’re just being let down and then just forgotten because you know we’re Hispanics,” says Ana Mendez.
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