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FBI Asked To Investigate Willowbrook Police Shooting

David De La Trinidad condemns the police involved in his brother's death.

The family of a man fatally shot by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies in Willowbrook asked for an FBI investigation of the case Monday.

Jose De La Trinidad, 36, was shot and killed by officers during a routine traffic stop on November 10th. Officials reported that De La Trinidad initially sped away in his car, but he was later stopped.

When pulled over, De La Trindad exited the vehicle and raised his hands from his waistband, causing the officers to think he had a gun, and open fire, according to police officials.

The incident was witnessed by a 19-year-old woman, whose name has not been released. An attorney for the family said the Sheriff's Deparment pressured the witness to amend her story.

The LAPD retains that they do not engage in practices like badgering witnesses, or pressuring them to change their testimonies. According to the LAPD, they did not interview witnesses for this case, and therefore could not have intimidated the woman in question.

The viewpoint of De La Trinidad's family can be seen above in an interview with his brother David.

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