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First look at dash cam video released of officer-involved shooting
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Newschannel 3 has a first look at the dash camera video showing a veteran Battle Creek Police officer shooting a teen carrying an airsoft gun.
In November, police were called to the Drive Thru Party store on reports of a man carrying a gun.
Police didn't know the gun was fake and an officer shot 14-year-old Nicholas King in the shoulder. Witnesses say there was no reason for the officer to shoot him but the prosecutor disagreed.
Within four seconds of stopping his patrol car and two commands Officer Esteban Rivera fires his weapon.
"I think the Battle Creek Police needs to be investigated, badly," said Patricia King, mother of teen shot.
After an investigation the prosecutor cleared the officer of any wrongdoing last month.
Prosecutor David Gilbert poured through witness statements given by the girls shown in the video and a 911 call. He determined every witness account compared to the evidence was at least partially inaccurate, except for Officer Rivera's.
The prosecutor adds Rivera had to make the decision whether or not to shoot, less than a second after he gave his commands.
Newschannel 3 also reached out to the King family for comment now the video has been released. The family says they plan to move forward with a lawsuit.
To see the full video for yourself, click here.