Bad River Band Wants Civil Rights Investigation After 14-Year-Old Killed
14-Year-Old Boy Was Killed by Sheriff's Deputy Earlier This Month
BAD RIVER RESERVATION, Wis.-The Bad River Band is requesting the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice to open a civil rights and civil police misconduct investigation after a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed on the reservation earlier this month by an Ashland County sheriff’s deputy.
According to initial reports, Jason Pero lunged at the officer with a knife before being shot after refusing to listen to police commands.
Pero had also called 911 on himself before being confronted by the deputy.
“This police brutality has to end, it’s an epidemic in our country and against all Native Americans,” said Holly Gauthier, mother of Jason Pero. “Now our family is counted among them. Many of these killings are unlawful and are not properly prosecuted. Our laws about prosecuting unlawful police conduct need to change, and this has to end now.”