NJ Latino rights group seeks answers on shooting

NJ Latino rights group seeks answers on shooting

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PERTH AMBOY, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey Latino-rights organization is calling for an investigation into a recent incident in which a man was shot and killed by police after he allegedly attacked an officer with a knife.

The Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey says it has requested records from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office regarding its review of the fatal shooting by police of 32-year-old Dixon Rodriguez of Perth Amboy on Dec. 4.

Acting Prosecutor Andrew Carey says officers responded to a call from Rodriguez's mother in which she described her son as violent. Carey says Rodriguez allegedly wielded a knife and tackled an officer.

LLANJ's president Martin Perez says Rodriguez was mentally ill and his group is seeking to find out why lethal force was used against him, and in other cases.

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