Mother of 14-Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot by Police in Boyle Heights Files Suit

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Teresa Dominguez, left, mother of Jesse Romero, 14, is consoled by neighbor Teresa Ocampo, at her home in Boyle Heights after his death Aug. 9, 2016. (Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

The mother of a 14-year-old boy shot and killed by Los Angeles police this summer in Boyle Heights filed a legal claim against the city Thursday, alleging that police used excessive force.

Jesse Romero’s mother held a picture of her son Thursday outside the LAPD’s downtown headquarters, where she and her attorney demanded that police release video of the deadly encounter and hold the officers involved accountable.

“I want justice,” his mother, Teresa Dominguez, told reporters. “He didn’t deserve to die the way that they killed him.”

Officer Tony Im, an LAPD spokesman, declined to comment on the claim, saying the department “does not comment on pending litigation.” The legal claim sets the stage for a lawsuit over Romero’s death.

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Jesse Romero is shown in a photo posted to a GoFundMe created by a cousin.

Jesse Romero is shown in a photo posted to a GoFundMe created by a cousin.