Group renews call for independent review of Kionte Spencer case

Published: Jul. 11, 2016 at 12:27 PM EDT
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The group that's calling for an independent investigation of a February shooting by Roanoke County police says the issue isn't going away.

Monday, members of the group 'Justice for Kionte' returned to the U. S. Attorney's Office in Roanoke to press their case.

Members of the group requested the independent review a month ago, and today they were back, asking for a response.

They carried signs on the street outside the building, and they took their concerns to the U.S. Attorney's Office inside. They said they were told the case has been sent to Washington for further review.

Rev. Alonzo Smith is one of the leaders of the group who spoke during the visit Monday morning.

"We just want them to know that somebody does care about the young man,' Smith told WDBJ7, "that somebody does miss him. That somebody realizes an injustice has been done."

An internal investigation by the Roanoke County Police Department cleared the officers who were involved in the shooting of Kionte Spencer last February. Investigators said the officers reasonably feared for their safety. Spencer was carrying a BB gun that looked like a more powerful handgun.

Members of the group 'Justice for Kionte' say they will return to the U.S. Attorney's Office every Monday until they receive a response to their call for an independent investigation.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office declined to provide any information on the status of the group's request.