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Columbus Group Wanting Independent Investigation Of Teen Killing By Police Plans Monday Protest

Mourners hold a vigil for Tyre King blocks away from he was shot by Columbus Police in Olde Towne East
Esther Honig
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WOSU News

A group calling for an independent investigation after a Columbus Police officer fatally shot a 13-year-old boy while investigating a reported armed robbery is planning a downtown protest.

The People's Justice Project says it will hold a demonstration Monday afternoon outside City Hall. The protest comes as Columbus City Council inside.

Columbus police say Tyre King was shot Sept. 14 after he ran from an officer investigating a reported armed robbery and pulled out a BB gun that looked like a real firearm.

Protest organizers say they don't trust the police to investigate themselves. They also want more money spent on violence prevention programs.

Authorities say the investigation will be presented for a grand jury.

The head of the local police union says the officer who shot the boy did what he had to do in that situation.